Summary: A message on the the four things that Solomon tells us to buy.
If there is ONE THING that I REALLY DESPISE it’s ....... Going Shopping. Especially for clothes. I kind of enjoy shopping for a car or maybe tools but NOT for clothes. I’ll tell you something else I don’t like to shop for. FOOD. I hate to Grocery Shop. I LOVE to EAT what RACHEL BUYS and then COOKS, but I don’t want to go out and buy it. And it’s that LOVE for eating that forces me to go to Grocery Shopping every once in a while. That brings me to something kind of weird that happened to me last week.
JOKE: I was at the Wal-Mart here in town picking up a few things for Rachel. And I noticed this older lady kept staring at me. I went to the MEAT SECTION and she was there looking at me. I went back to the Baking Section and there she was looking at me. And as I was about to get up to the Check Out Line, she stepped in front of me. She had a whole basket full of groceries. I didn’t say anything and I was glad I didn’t. She turned around to me with a single tear running down her cheek and said, “I’m sorry for staring at you but you see, you look just like my son who died a couple of months ago.” I said, “Oh, I’m so sorry. Is there anything I can do for you?” She said, “Well, not really, but it would be nice as I leave would you wave and tell me goodbye. I never got the chance to say goodbye to my boy.”
I said I would and as she left the store I said, “Good bye mother” and she said, “Good Bye son.” I went ahead and checked out and the bill came to $349. I said, “What?” $349 for 5 items? The cashier said, “Well, your mother said you were gonna pay for hers too.”
No, this morning I want to talk to you about going shopping. Solomon, with all of his wisdom tells us here that we need to BUY SOME THINGS. And that’s what I want to talk to you about this morning. Going Shopping. Let’s turn to Proverbs 23 and we’re only going to read one verse. Verse 23.
“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”
This morning we’re going to go on a Shopping Trip. Not to the Local Supermarket. Not to Target or Ross. Not even Sam’s. We’re going to the Word of God and we’re going to see what kind of BARGAINS we can get today.
Before we do let’s go to the Lord in Prayer.
Brother ______, would you lead us in Prayer?
Folks, I think before we go shopping we need to understand that’s it’s going to cost something to go shopping. There’s NO SHOP LIFTING allowed here. It’s gonna cost something. And it seems every time I go to the STORE it COSTS a little bit more. Man, back when all six of the kids were at home it COST something to keep us all fed.
But Solomon here tells us there are some things that we need to BUY. And folks, when you go and BUY THESE THINGS it’s gonna COST you something. It may COST YOU friendships. It may COST YOU FAME. It may COST YOU PLEASURE. It may even COST YOU MONEY to do the RIGHT THING. That’s why Jesus gave the PARABLE in Luke 14, about the man who is going to BUILD a TOWER. He tells us that YOU BETTER COUNT the COST before you start. But folks, the things that Solomon tells us to BUY are a BARGAIN at TWICE the PRICE!!!
I. The first thing you need to buy is TRUTH!!!
Do you know what the definition of TRUTH is?
The QUALITY or STATE of being TRUE.
Something that is in ACCORDANCE with FACT or REALITY.
In other words ... IT’S REAL!!!
You better buy you some TRUTH because the DEVIL, the ENEMY is trying to SELL you SOME LIES. John 8:44 tells us that the he is a LIAR and, in fact, is the FATHER of LIES. In other words, ALL LIES START WITH HIM.
Go BUY you some TRUTH.
THE TRUTH IS: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
THE LIE IS: In the Beginning there was a BIG BANG and then we ALL EVOLVED for BILLIONS of years into what we are today.
THE TRUTH IS: Genesis 5:2, “Male and female created he them”
THE LIE IS: There are many different GENDERS and you can PICK which one you want to be.
THE TRUTH IS: John 14:6, Jesus is the ONLY WAY to HEAVEN.
THE LIE IS: There are many ways. A Big Pyramid.