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Summary: Herod, A Man Given to Sinfulness & the Sin Cycle

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An apprehensive female traveller approaching the gangway of an enormous new passenger liner gazes up in amazement at its looming hulk. "Is this ship really unsinkable?" she nervously inquires of a nearby deck hand.

"Yes, lady," the deck hand answers. "God himself could not sink this ship."

Everyone was so sure was unsinkable that it carried only enough lifeboats to seat a third of it's passengers In fact, it wasn't as unsinkable as the engineering of the era allowed, and it was less "unsinkable" than a ship constructed over half a century earlier. April 10 maiden voyage 2,224 people boarded Titanic Four days latter she hit an iceberg and only 705 people rescued. 1502 people had died

- What comes to mind when you hear the word pride? Cockiness? Aloofness? Arrogance?

- Ego is a Latin word meaning "I" “self” “conceit”

It was a custom in Rome, that when the emperor went out upon some grand day in all his imperial pomp, there was an officer appointed to burn flax before him, crying out, “Sic transit gloria mundi”; "Thus passes the glory of the world” or "Worldly things are fleeting." which was done to put him in mind that all his honour and grandeur should soon vanish away like the smoke from the burning flax

Herod, A Man Given to Sinfulness

• Uncaring of the Gospel

• His persecution was for selfish ambition

• Sin causes cynicism (questioning the motives of others)

• A man’s life meant nothing to him

• He ordered 16 soldiers killed after Peter’s escape

• Today sin can justify killing an unborn child for the sake of convenience. It can easily sanction euthanasia

Sin will do anything to achieves its desired ends

• He would have killed Peter to make the Jewish leaders happy

Herod unhappy with Tyre & Sidon

They bribed Blastus (chamberlain) personal servant, butler

Now seeking flattery with his speech

- Herod had killed James, imprisoned Peter, and massacred his own guards, and now accepted Divine homage

Herod’s End

v. 19 - He sinned because he wanted to

v. 20 - He became arrogant

v. 21 - He allowed pride to consume him

v. 23 - He did not give glory to God

Pr 16:18 (AV)

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18 (The Message)

18 First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.

Exodus 20:3 (AV)

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

1 Peter 5:5 (AV)

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

The Pride Cycle

At any point it can change

Forward or Backward

• Righteous Prosperous

• Pride Arrogance

• War Famine

• Humble Repent

JUDGES - Israel went through the Sin Cycle

Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon,

• Sin – 3:1-7

• Suffering – 3:8

• Supplication – 3:9

• Salvation – 3:9-10

• Silence – 3:11

Power of God

- Similar justice with Pharaoh, Belshazzar,


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