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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 2 Samuel 17:23

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"SETTING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER"
Intro: Ahithophel one of David's counselors, so wise and sharp like consulting oracle of God.
I. SET HIS HOUSEHOLD IN ORDER AND HANGED HIMSELF.
A. A man can be so wise in some fields yet a fool in others.
B. Men devoted themselves to understanding the secrets of the Universe.
1. Some have built telescopes, launched rockets, studied vast immensity of space.
2. Others developed microscope, examined mystery of cell.
3. Others still delved where neither telescope or microscope could go; devised theory of atomic structure and proved theory.
4. Each man when pursuing his field, comes to that place when he seeks the ultimate answer to the secrets either bows his head and worships God or avows ignorance.
a. Becoming conscious of the Universe in which you live; how can you explain it without God?
b. You say "well, you start with a cell."
5. Men have become so wise in the fields of science, yet many of these same men totally ignorant concerning own spirit.
a. Sought to explore and conquer space when within their own being a vast unexplored and unconquered area.
C. Men today seeking to order their homes.
1. They desire to provide their families security.
a. Security by insurance policies.
b. Seek most gainful employment to provide better things...proper food, proper shelter...proper clothes. Spirits are starved, dwelling naked in the wilderness or vacuum.
c. We take such pains to care for body comforts - but totally neglect spirit. "Damn my parents."
II. "SET HIS HOUSEHOLD IN ORDER AND HANGED HIMSELF."
Strange paradoxes of homo sapiens.
A. Men very diligent on their jobs.
1. Would not think of stealing from employer yet they steal from God.
2. They listen ever so intently during briefing sessions yet fall asleep when eternal verities are being proclaimed.
3. Meticulous in their savings program yet laid up nothing for eternity.
III. SET HIS HOUSEHOLD IN ORDER AND HANGED HIMSELF.
Folly of purely human reason.
A. Cast lot with Absalom human reasoning.
1. Did not reckon with God's will for David.
B. He saw great mistake in going with Absalom.
1. Determined only one way out; suicide.
2. Did not reckon with God's grace.
Sermon Notes for 2 Samuel 17:23 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 2 Samuel 24:18-25 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 1 Samuel 1:15 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 3:11-14 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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