December 9, 2013
Sunday morning was our celebrating of the life and ministry of Ron Mize who has been our Minister of Music for over 37 years. Ron will retiring at the end of this month. We had several video tributes and special recognitions for Ron from our church family, local friends, Georgia Baptist Convention staff, and the Governor of Georgia. Our future interim Minister of Music, Keith Chandler who serves with the Georgia Baptist Convection lead the worship for us.
I finished preaching through the book of Judges with a sermon entitled, Benjamin’s Bloodthirsty Ben (judges 19:1-21:25).
Main Idea of the Text: Because every man in Israel did what was right in his own eyes the nation suffered complete moral depravity.
Main Idea of the Sermon: These chapters show the values of people who do not acknowledge Jesus as their King.
What are the values of those who do not acknowledge Jesus as their King?
I want us to look into this text and see three kinds of values of those who do not acknowledge Jesus as their King.
I. Those who do not live with Jesus as their King will adopt warped sexuality (19:1-30).
Romans 1:27-28: Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2: It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
II. Those who do not live with Jesus as their King will adopt misplaced priorities (20:1-48).
Deuteronomy 7:1-3: “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.
Leviticus 19:18: You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Luke 10:27: So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
III. Those who do not live with Jesus as their King will adopt pharisaical legalism (21:1-25).
Proverbs 20:25: It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows.
Matthew 23:27-28: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Gary Inrig in his book Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay writes this about this episode: “Judges 19—21 gives us the ugliest story in the Bible. The key to it is that, at every stage, men were acting on the basis of what was right in their own eyes. As far as the men of Gibeah were concerned, rape was all right. To the farmer and the Levite in the house, homosexual rape was unthinkable, but other rape was acceptable. The men of Benjamin thought it was right to overlook sin and to defend evil men. To Israel, revenge and retaliation would be justified, and to solve their problems about marriage for the Benjamites, the massacre of innocent people and kidnapping could be condoned.
“The interesting thing is that none of this had anything to do with idolatry or Baal worship. It began with individuals ignoring the law of God, doing what was right in their own eyes, and it led a whole nation into moral collapse.”
We had a Christmas musical, “The First Noel Born is the King” on Sunday evening.