Sweet Then Bitter
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. The word of God is very beneficial (I Peter 1:22-25).
1. Salvation (John 8:31-32, II Timothy 3:15, and James 1:21).
2. Pure living (Psalms 119:9-11 and II Peter 1:3-11).
3. Guidance (Psalms 119:105 and Proverbs 4:20-22).
4. …And very much more (Psalms 1:1-3).
B. Does that mean the word of God is ALWAYS comforting (Acts 5:1-11)?
1. It’s not that fear is bad (Proverbs 16:6)…
2. …But, the fact is, the word of God is not always “comforting” (Acts 14:22).
II. Body: The truth is sweet to the taste, but… (Revelation 10:9-10).
A. The word of God is sweet (Psalms 19:7-10) and edifying (Acts 20:32).
1. We see imagery of consuming the word of God like a meal (Jeremiah 15:16; cf. Job 23:12 and Luke 4:4).
2. Sweet when you really take it in (Psalms 119:97-103).
B. Along with the promise of hope there is also a promise of doom which can make one’s stomach “bitter” (Ezekiel 2:8-3:3).
1. We’ve seen the effect the word of God can have on the prophets (I Samuel 15:11, Isaiah 21:1-4, and Jeremiah 13:17).
2. When you know that people are lost, it hurts (Psalms 119:136, Jeremiah 9:1, and Romans 9:1-3).
C. Things that affect us when we realize truths…
1. Getting to heaven won’t be easy (I Peter 4:17-19).
2. “Brethren” we love will fall away (Luke 8:13 and John 6:66).
3. Few will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14).
4. People we love, who do not obey God (II Thessalonians 1:7-9), have a horrible future awaiting them (Mark 9:43-48).
5. No matter how hard we try, we cannot drag people to heaven with us (Acts 26:19-29).
6. All of your good can be removed by one wrong (Ezekiel 18:24 and James 2:10-12).
III. Conclusion: Understand, you may have great joy through the Scriptures, but with knowledge comes sorrow too (Ecclesiastes 1:18).
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