I continued my series in Judges in the morning service with a sermon I entitled, “Micah, His Mom, and Her Money” (Judges 17:1-18:31).
Main Idea of the Text: The incident of Micah, his mom, and the Danites described the corruption that occurred in Israel as a result of idolatry.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Idolatry in the life of any Christian will cause corruption.
What kind of corruption will idolatry cause in the life of a Christian?
This text reveals four types of corruption that will occur in the life of any Christian as a result of idolatry.
I. Idolatry is a sin that corrupts your worship of God (17:1-6).
Exodus 20:1-6: And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Isaiah 44:17: And the rest of it he makes into a god, his carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”
II. Idolatry is a sin that corrupts your serving of God (17:7-13).
Romans 1:25: who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Philippians 3:19: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.
III. Idolatry is a sin that corrupts your blessing from God (18:1-26).
Deuteronomy 12:2-3: You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place.
Romans 1:32: who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 5:5: For this you know,that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
IV. Idolatry is a sin that corrupts your heritage from God (18:27-31).
Deuteronomy 5:8-10: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
2 Kings 21:21: So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked; and he served the idols that his father had served, and worshiped them.
At the end of the morning service I baptized two teenagers who recently came to faith in Christ plus received a member by transfer of membership.
I am continuing through the Gospel of Luke on Sunday evenings. I preached Luke 6:12-19 in a sermon I called, “A Peek at the Priorities of our Savior.” This transition statement between the ministry of Jesus and Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount gives us a glimpse of some of the kinds of priorities Jesus had as He ministered here on earth.
I. Prayer is a priority of our Savior (12).
Luke 9:28: Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
Luke 11:1: Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
II. Gospel advancement is a priority of our Savior (13).
Galatians 1:1: Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead).
1 Corinthians 12:28: And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Ephesians 2:20: having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.
2 Peter 3:2: that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior.
III. Leadership is a priority of our Savior (14-16).
Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Acts 1:13
IV. Ministry is a priority of our Savior (17-19).
Luke 4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Mark 3:7-8: But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him.
Matthew 4:24: Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.