“THOSE WHO DISHONOR ME” (1 Samuel 2:27-33)
FBC Earlville 2-26-12 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s “Special”: “Car keys“
Subject: Car keys…a senior moment…
Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car.
Frantically I headed for the parking lot. My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered. I always call her “honey” in times like these. “I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.”
There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane’s voice, “Ken,” she barked, “I dropped you off!”
Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”
Diane retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car!”
Today’s message is an appropriate follow-up to last Sunday’s message on “honoring God”. Last week we learned that God wants to be honored at every age – especially as we grow older and seemingly more frail. We learned that God wants to be honored in our daily lives and our worship.
In reading through the Old Testament this past week – at a clip of 30 chapters a day in order to get done a college class before we go to Florida next month- I was amazed at a couple of verses which fit in with the second part of the verse. “Those who despise Me” – or “dishonor” God. Is it possible for we who love God to dishonor Him? God invites us to a spiritual self-examination. PRAYER
- THE WORLD’S CULTURE – reaping what you sow
“Mockers of God” – an email which typifies today’s worldview without God
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS?
Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!
It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):
‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked for whatsoever a man sow, that shall
he also reap..” Here are some men and women who mocked God :
JOHN LENNON Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine,
he said: ‘Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about
that… I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more
famous than Him’ (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.
Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.
Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During a show in Canecio (Rio de Janeiro ),while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said:’God, that’s for you.’ He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.
The man who built the Titanic After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said:’Not even God can sink it’ The result:I think you all know what happened to the Titanic
Marilyn Monroe (Actress) She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say,
she said: ‘I don’t need your Jesus’. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment
Bon Scott(Singer) The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC.. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:
‘Don’t stop me; I’m going down all the way, down the highway to hell’.
On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.
Campinas (IN 2005) In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend……The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: ‘My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.’ She responded: ‘Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here…..It’s Already Full ‘Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To
their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken
Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) She said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.
2. THE CHRISTIAN’S CHALLENGE
The Bible gives us several glances at those who struggled with this question: “in this incidence, will I honor or dishonor God?”:
- The challenge of PRIDE (2 Chron. 26:16-21,23) What can happen when being in the forefront is more important than being honoring to God?
- The challenge of OBEDIENCE (Num. 27:12-14; see the progression of Ex. 17:6 “STRIKE the rock”, Num. 20:8 “SPEAK to the rock”, and 1 Cor. 10:4-6 CHRIST is the ROCK. We want to finish well; Moses did not.
- The challenge to TRUST & REMEMBER (Neh. 9:16,17) We need to ask ourselves constantly, “are we better off now than when we were before we came to the cross?” See 1 Cor. 6:9-11 – do you want to return to Egypt?
How not to dishonor God:
- Remember HIS Word (Ps. 96:6-9; Isa. 66:1-2)
- Remember HIS name – “Let Your name be kept holy” (Luke 11:2, God’s Word version)
- Remember HIS purpose, His delight (Eph. 1:12, Est. 6:6)
CLOSE IN PRAYER