A Right View of Life
A Sermon on Judges 18:7
Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were there, how they lived in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting, lacking nothing that is in the earth and possessing wealth, and how they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. (ESV)
The Bible is a book we can turn to for truth. It comes to us with warnings, and challenges us to think. In it, we find the teachings of what is right and wrong, how to live during our time on earth, and the history of humans. In this sermon on Judges 18:7 and 28, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that even though the Bible gives us directions on how to live, humans too often decide to make their own way of life and come up with their own solutions to the world’s problems – apart from the Bible. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes through the history of the Bible and points out specific examples of how humans have done this. This kind of view on life is a selfish one; it only focuses on ourselves rather than on God and others. Not only that, but this kind of view also leads to lawlessness and carelessness. Dr. Lloyd-Jones expresses that because of this, and the fact that we as humans are sinners, we are not fit to decide how we should live. Rather, we need to spend time growing our relationship with God and reading His Word. We need to listen to His commands on how we should live and love Him well.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.