Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 5 Study # 1
December 3, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<302> Thesis: Strength of conviction must be the foundation for choices if one wishes to live. Introduction: It is often said that "Everyone has his price." This is a cynical proverb that means that there is no one around who functions by true love for the True God. It generally means that the true "god" in the hearts of human beings is money -- that if a person is offered enough money, he will do anything, no matter how evil. But it occasionally "morphs" into the hidden issues that are hidden behind the "money". Sometimes the statement, "Everyone has his price", means that anyone can be forced to do anything -- no matter how evil -- if their true love can be discovered and threatened, or if they are promised fulfillment of their deepest longing by means of the evil. That the proverb exists is a testimony to an abundance of evidence that seems to support it. The text before us this morning is part of that evidence. It reveals both how far people are willing to go to improve the quality of their experience as well as how little they are willing to do to improve the quality of their experience. There is a lesson in our fact, there are many lessons in our text. But, for this morning, we are going to focus upon just one: the lesson we can learn from waiting until sundown to take our sorry experiences to Jesus.