The Attractiveness of Evil
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
September 30, 2000
MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ... AND THE MEDITATIONS OF ALL
OUR HEARTS ... BE ALWAYS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU --- OUR STRENGTH AND
OUR REDEEMER AMEN
I have mentioned to several of you that, frequently my sermons are my attempt to teach me something! Times when I know that I need to hear a lesson.
Today is one of those days. I say all that hoping you understand that when I do this, it is with the expectation that the lessons are important for other people besides myself.
But, the last thing I want anyone to think is that I am "preaching" to other people from a position of superiority. I am not. My intention is to discuss mutual issues of concern ... more like a 12 step gathering of people with similar issues. And, I sincerely want this to be a discussion, so please feel free to call me and we will find a time to get together.
In an attempt to stress this, I will use the pronoun "me" a lot. If what I say never applies to you, great! But I suspect most people will remember some occasions when it all fits them also.
I titled this sermon: The attractiveness of evil. My first reaction to that sermon title would be to expect a discussion about either pornography, or chocolate. Either one could be used as excellent examples -- but they are too easy.
I kept coming back to this theme every time I read the Scripture lessons for today. How attractive evil is. How easy it is for the best of us -- a list I am not on! -- to slip into evil thinking and evil actions.
Notice the Israelites. They have been saved from slavery. The pharaoh has been killing their children! Furthermore, God has protected them and provided for them. You would think that would be enough. Noooo ... they complain about the menu.
How easy it is to complain. I do it. I hate myself when I do but it is so easy to focus on the negative. Ther ...
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