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Summary: Sin is universal. Sodom is often used to describe the execeeding sinfulness of sin.

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TITLE: THE SIN OF SODOM

TEXT: EZEKIEL 16:49

INTRODUCTION: For many years Monterey, a California coast town, was a pelican’s paradise. As the fisherman cleaned their fish, they flung the offal to the pelicans. The birds grew fat, lazy and contented. Eventually, however, the offal was utilized, and there were no longer snacks for the pelicans.

When the change came the pelicans made no effort to fish for themselves. They waited around, grew gaunt and thin. Many starved to death. They had forgotten how to fish for themselves. The problem was solved by importing new pelicans from the south, birds accustomed to foraging for themselves. They were placed among their starving cousins, and the newcomers immediately started catching fish. Before long, the hungry pelicans followed suit, and the famine was ended. Laziness is a deadly sin. It often leads to other even more deadly sins. Ezekiel 16:49 "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.”

PROP: BELIEVERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF SIN.

TRAN: LET US CONSIDER EZEKIEL 16:49

I. THE SIN OF ARROGANCE

“Behold, this was guilt of your sister Sodom…she and her daughters had arrogance….” When we think of Sodom and Gommorah we often think of sexual sins. Especially those of the kind which makes our skin crawl. Men with men. Call it what it is – arrogance. “We do not answer to God. We are not sinners. After all it was God who made us this way.” Blasphemy – God will judge the sin of arrogance – the sin of homosexuality. Friends, let us not be taken in by the heathenistic attitude. Many are on the road to destruction and yet they seem not to care. They mock God asking, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Where is the judgment of God? Friends, how arrogant. When God’s wrath is revealed it will be like a consuming fire!

II. THE SIN OF AFFLUENCE “abundant food.”

To have abundant food is to be wealthy. We have so much food. We can buy what we desire. How different the rest of the world. In most of Africa if there is one crop failure then the people go without. If one pestilence and the crops

III. THE SIN OF ABATEMENT “careless ease”

Abatement means not to give your whole force to something. In this case life. God did not create us to use up our whole lives in doing nothing of worth. Consider the ant in Proverbs. There is a new world coming and we need to be prepared to enter it.

IV. THE SIN OF ABANDONMENT “but she did not help the poor and needy.”

To have the means to help the poor and needy and not to do it is poor stewardship and a sin of great neglect in the eyes of God. The poor are everywhere according to Jesus and we must invest our lives to help them as much as superhumanly possible. One time I saw a man by the side of the road in Cameroon who was demonized man. He had been by the side of the road at the same place for 30 years. I asked how he lived. I was told that the villagers (who were poor and needy themselves) gave of their substance to take care of this man.


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