SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

- LOT 'S EYES -

 

 I. What Lot Looked At!

•  Splendor -

As he viewed the land from the Bethel Plateau, this Jordan circle was a scene of superior exquisiteness (particularly due to the advantages of Lot's possessions). He literally saw it with a “lust of the eyes” (1 John 2:16).

•  Productive -

These were fertile fields and these well watered fields of the Jordan circle were as open to the choice of Lot as were the bleak hills of Judea.

•  Suggestive -

Already in his memory were the luxuriant plains of Egypt . Doubtless it would be that such a region for Lot to choose, would enlist such ideas as the enormity of Egypt for himself and his personal wealth.

 II. What Lot Didn't See!

•  Bad Neighbors -

These residents of the Jordanic lowland were sinners of a progressive type. Although man cannot escape association with those who sin, there has to be consideration for the amount of influences allowed.

•  Moral Contamination -

Though Lot was a good man; his piety would not prevent a gradual depreciation of his nature through evil influence and contact.

•  Bitter Sorrow -

As a result of the direct influence and constant contact with those whose lives were barren of morals, a state of sadness would ensue. His religious and moral character would find itself at war constantly, which causes one to wear down and be down trodden.

 

 III. How Lot 's Eyes Led Him to Sin!

•  Greed in its Origin.

Few things are more emphatically censured in the word of God than the inordinate desire for possession (best described as covetousness) - Luke 12:15; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5.

•  Selfish in Character.

He only saw what he wanted and not what was best for his continued relationship with God. Additionally, he cared not for the needs of his uncle. Had he stood next to his uncle in equality and love for God; he would have in honor of Abram returned the choice back to him, or at least sought that which would benefit them both - Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3.

•  Dangerous in Issue.

Even though evil should not come of it (as an unconsidered issue), it was not open to Lot, as a good man, to establish himself where injury to his spiritual interests was possible as a priority.

He had time to calculate the chances of material wealth; he should have also calculated the moral hazards before he elected to drive his herds to Sodom!

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Lesson 1: All is not gold that glitters! Thus supreme wisdom of judging must be to consider the eternal interests of the soul.

Matthew 16:26.

 

Lesson 2: In every man's Lot there is a crook! This demands that we moderate our desires concerning everything!

1 Peter 2:11; 4:3-4.

 

Lesson 3: It is very possible to pay to dearly for material prosperity!

1 Timothy 6:9.

 

Lesson 4: It is a poor outcome to prefer self interests over affection and godliness. Where would Lot be, if not for the blessings afforded him by his relationship to Abram?

Ephesians 2:1-3.

 

Lesson 5: In the long run, the spirit of selfishness is certain to overreach itself and accomplish its own ruin!

Matthew 19:23-24.

 

Lesson 6: In all things, we cannot think that God has left us as the captain of our own fate!

Hebrews 2:10-11.