Blinding Power of Pride | 7.2.23 | Sunday AM | On Fire Christian Church

Blinding Power of Pride

  1. Pride has blinding power! It blinds us from the reality of our true sinful state and opens our lives up to sin and compromise. Compromise will bring destruction. As we are about to see in The life of the great King Solomon he started out strong and ended bad.
    1. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬
    2. “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭5‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬
  1. Solomon’s beginnings
    1. Son of Bathsheba
    2. 1 Kings 3:3. Solomon loved the Lord
    3. God appears to him
    4. “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”. 1 Kings‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭14‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    5. Wealth of Solomon
    6. 1 Kings 4:20-end
    7. Solomon begins to build the temple of God/God’s instruction
    8. “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.” 1 Kings‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    1. Solomon’s work force
    1. “Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country, besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work.” 1 Kings‬ ‭5‬:‭15‬-‭16‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    1. Solomon completes temple and God shows up
    2. “And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” 1 Kings‬ ‭8‬:‭10‬-‭11‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    3. Solomon’s 2nd visit.
    4. “As soon as Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house and all that Solomon desired to build, the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. And the Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the Lord has brought all this disaster on them.’” 1 Kings‬ ‭9‬:‭1‬-‭9‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    5. Kings and queens overwhelmed with Solomon’s wealth and prosperity
    6. “Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.” 1 Kings‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬-‭5‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
  1. Solomon’s divided heart
    1. “Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.” 1 Kings‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    2. Why did t Solomon repent after the 1st or even 2nd foreign wife?
      1. Why was He not listening to his conscience?
      2. 700 wives and 300 concubines
    1. “He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.” 1 Kings‬ ‭11‬:‭3‬-‭8‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    2. Bad decisions didn’t cause problem immediately but when he was old
      1. Pride’s results do not show up many times until years later
  1. Solomon confronted by God
    1. “And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the Lord commanded. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.” 1 Kings‬ ‭11‬:‭9‬-‭11‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    2. God’s Word to Solomon was spoken early on and expected to be upheld
    3. We easily forget
      1. God showed himself twice to him yet he quickly forgot God and was lured into bondage by his sinful choices
      2. Comfort and pride led to his downfall.
      3. Do not allow God’s blessing to give you permission to fall away

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