The Look that Took

November 16, 2014 at 10:45 am Categories: King David, Sermons

Date: November 16, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott

Text: II Samuel 11



– Let some sparkling temptation stroll past my heart and all my obedient thoughts turn to infidels bent on looting and pillaging my soul.

– “On account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread.” – Solomon, Proverbs 6:26 (NASB)

– Never sacrifice what you want most in life for what you want in any given moment in life.

– “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.” – Corinthians 10:6

– Because we all have blind spots, gaps in our spiritual journey.

– Most folks tend to define sin as the sum total of those acts which they themselves never commit.

– There is more of this David in us than we care to acknowledge, than we want to deal with.

– In this self-indulgence, he fed an appetite that grew out of all proportion.

– And temptation is centripetal, not centrifugal.

– All sin has a long ancestry… If someone commits some surprising sin, you can be sure that it’s an old, small sin now writ large.

David’s Three Self Problems

– Self-indulgence

– Self-reliance

– Self-determination


– Satan was out to eat his lunch. Why? Because there was this collection of David’s prior moral choices that had opened the lunch bag.

– “…each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:14-15

– “If you live too long near a graveyard, you stop crying when somebody dies.”

– If I could practice safe sin… If the opportunity was there and no one would find out… Would I send for Bathsheba?

– “Sin begins as a spider web and becomes like a ship’s rope”


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