Lovers of Pleasures or Lovers of God
II Timothy 3:4
Moses (in Egypt)
Israel at Shittim
David (with Saul)
Saul of Tarsus
Jews (Matt 22:1-7)
Peter (as fisherman)
Saints (Ph 3:18-19)
- The first commandment is to love the Lord our God with all we are and have (Mark 12:29-30).
- If we love the things of this world, then it proves we do not love the Father (I John 2:15-17).
- What do you love, if defined by Bible reading, meditation, memorizing, prayer, singing, and speech?
- How do we correct this situation? We set our affection on the things of heaven (Colossians 3:1-4).
Lot Pleasures Prosperity of watered Sodom Ruin of soul, family, and assets
Moses (in Egypt) God Riches and pleasures of Egypt Friend of God and great leader
Samson Pleasures Philistine women of the world Blinded, servitude, and suicide
Joseph God Secret sex with eager woman Throne of Egypt; two tribes
Daniel God Peace; great food and wine Raised to throne of Babylon
Solomon Pleasures Many women, princesses Pagan idolatry; lost kingdom
Ruth God Family, home, and friends Rich husband: David & Jesus
Israel at Shittim Pleasures Moabite women of the world Plague killed 24,000; men hung
Sodom Pleasures Pride, success, leisure, sodomy Burned up by God of heaven
David (with Saul) God Kill a long-term enemy easily King of Israel and God’s friend
Young ruler Pleasures Money and financial success Lost out being Christ’s disciple
Saul of Tarsus God Ministerial fast track with Jews Apostle of Christ to Gentiles
Demas Pleasures Worldly fun and money Lost out being Paul’s friend
Jews (Matt 22:1-7) Pleasures Businesses and careers Destroyed and city burned up
Peter (as fisherman) God Family business with father Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ
Saints (Ph 3:18-19) Pleasures Earthly things; belly worship Enemies of Christ and destroyed
Zacchaeus God Cushy job, high pay, good perks Ate with Jesus and in the Bible!
Ephesus Church Pleasures Doctrine without passion or zeal About to lose candlestick (Spirit)
New Orleans Pleasures Mardi Gras, voodoo, sex Hurricane wiped out the city
Perilous Times Pleasures Worldly fun, money, and women Ruin of soul, family, and church