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Elijah, Payday Someday (8 of 14)
Kings on Parade
I Kings 21-22, II Kings 9
When I was a young preacher I had two great preacher
heroes. One was W. A. Criswell, pastor at First
Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He's preached right
here in this pulpit. The second one was Dr. R. G. Lee,
pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis,
Tennessee, where Dr. Adrian Rogers is now the pastor.
It was nothing for me to drive 100 miles one way and
100 miles back, in an evening, to go and hear one of
those men preach. I did it many, many times. I loved
to hear them preach. They were great, great preachers.
Dr. R. G. Lee was an orator. His most famous sermon of
all was entitled, Payday Someday. It was taken from
the passage of Scripture which I'm going to use
The last time I heard he had preached that sermon over
1000 times. He lived into his nineties and he went all
over the country, after he retired from Bellevue, and
preached this sermon. I remember one time when we were
living in Cedartown, Georgia, Janet and some others
drove up to Rome to hear Dr. Lee preach Payday
Someday. I heard him preach it many, many times.
Preachers of my generation had heard it so much and
liked it so much that we could all preach it
ourselves. In fact, I had his voice down. I could
sound just like him. I could preach it just about as
good as he could because it was such a great sermon
and a unique and unusual sermon.
So, tonight, I 'm going to share with you the
Scripture which is the basis for that great sermon,
Payday Someday. Along the way, I will use some of the
things he used in that particular message. It's so
deeply ingrained in me I don't think I could prevent
saying some of the things that Dr. Lee said.
Dr. Lee had a very unique way of introducing the
sermon. He introduced the main characters of the
sermon something like this. "I introduce to you, Ahab,
that vile human toad who squatted on the throne of
Israel. I introduce to you Jezebel, that poisonous
snake who coiled alongside him. I introduce to you
Elijah, the Tishbite, the prophet of the living God,
God's spiritual athlete." Then he inserted this 4th
character. "I introduce to you Naboth, a devout
Jezreelite (Israelite)." Those are the four main
characters of the drama which will unfold for us
tonight in the drama of Payday Someday.
We know Ahab. He was the wicked king of Israel. We are
told in chapter 21, verse 25 that "there was none like
unto Ahab who sold himself to work wickedness in the
sight of the Lord." Then we are told about his wife
Jezebel, who was a king's daughter and a king's wife.
The Bible says that his wife "stirred him up." She was
the evil influence behind him.
As our scene opens up this evening, I want to call
your attention to,
I. The Selfish Desire.
We are told in the opening verses of chapter 21 that
there was a man named Naboth who had ...
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