Summary: This sermon contrasts between living for the Lord and living a life of sin.
Text: Proverbs 13:15 - "...but the way of transgressors is hard."
Matthew 11:28-30 - vs. 30 - "For my yoke is easy,..."
-What we want to this today is the contrast between living for the Lord and living a life of sin.
-Proverbs 13:15, tells us "...the way of transgressors is hard."
-A transgressor is someone who breaks a law.
-In Proverbs 13:5, transgressor means someone who breaks God’s law.
-Or simply but a sinner.
-For 1 John 3:4 - "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
-Proverbs 13:15 tells , tells us "the way" or "the life" of the sinner is hard.
-Isaiah says about the wicked or the sinner in Isaiah 57:20-21 - "20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."
-The life of the sinner is one of constant turmoil, no peace, always troubled.
-Just ask the family of any drunk what there life is like.
-Just ask the family of any doper what there life is like.
-As the wife of an husband who is unfaithful to her what her life is like.
-My daddy was a drunkard and let me tell my life was hard. Amen.
-The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:18 - "...one sinner destroyeth much good."
-Now, contrast with the life of a person who trusts in the Lord.
-Isaiah 26:3, tells us that one who trusts in the Lord - "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
-We want to look at a couple Bible examples of transgressors and how their lives were hard.
-LOT- The nephew of a godly man, man who was called, "the friend of God".
-I am talking about Abraham.
-One day Lot was given a choice where he and his family would live.
-We see the account of this recorded in Genesis 13:10-13.
-Lot choose the wicked city of Sodom to bring up his family.
-From that point on, Lot’s life became hard.
-Again, we are reminded that Proverbs 13:15, tells us "...the way of transgressors is hard."
-In the next Chapter of Genesis, Chapter 14, we see there is a battle.
-Notice what happens to Lot and his family in Genesis 14:11-12.
-It took Lot’s goodly uncle, Abraham to rescue him. Genesis 14:13-16.
-This is just the beginning of Lot’s trouble.
-The Lord tells Abraham that he is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their great wickedness.
-Then, in Genesis 19, the Lord sends two angels to warn Lot of the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
-We find that Lot has really joined up with the inhabitants of Sodom, because in Genesis 19:1, the two angels find Lot sitting in the gate of Sodom.
-Only, rulers, judges, or persons of prominence were allowed to sit in the gate of the city.
-Lot has been living in sin, and he has been a poor testimony to his family and those around him.
-I.E., When he goes to warn his son-in-laws, notice their response in Genesis 19:14 - "And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law."