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. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it. (NASB)
We are all familiar with the story of Sodom and her sister city Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16 – 19:29). Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for their sin and have become buzz words for the most immoral of all human sins committed. This passage tells us what led these cities to their great sin – that is pride. Looking at this passage we can glean some insights into pride and the sin it can lead to.
Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance. What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? This passage tells us that the cause of all their sin was due to a specific sin they committed: the of sin pride. I cannot think of a single sin that is not tied in some way to pride. Pride is what causes us to go against God’s will because we believe our way is the better way; or in all-out rebellion we don’t care if we are out of His will which is also caused by pride. The man whose character is poor in spirit is inclined to not sin because pride is contrary to being poor in spirit.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17, NASB)
Abundant food careless ease. Another sin that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is overabundance of food and the easy life. This is caused by pride because we think it is ok to abuse the temple of the Holy Spirit and to live our lives in leisure when there is work for the Kingdom to be accomplished. Granted, rest is good for you and is ordained by God as instructed in the principle of the Sabbath, but idleness beyond rest is a sin. Wow, if this does not describe life in America I don’t know what does. We have an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses attributed from a poor diet in this country that is costing the U.S. taxpayer billions of dollars each year. We also have a society that has a lot of free time which is being spent on useless activities that neither glorify God nor is beneficial to the human soul. We need to wake up. The man who is poor in spirit should not be controlled by his stomach, but is led by the Holy Spirit and set free to take control of his life.
For I have often told you, and now say again in tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19, HCSB, emphasis added)
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-13, NASB)
Neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Another sin directly related to pride is not caring for the poor and needy. We are instructed as God’s people to care for the needs of others whenever possible. Pride causes selfishness which stifles charity to the poor and needy. The selfish man hoards his riches and does not use his wealth in a way that honors the Lord. The man who is poor in spirit honors God with his resources because he knows he is a steward of the King.
The wicked in pride and arrogance hotly pursue and persecute the poor; let them be taken in the schemes which they have devised. (Psalm 10:2, Amplified)
Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. We have discussed haughtiness before and how it is contrary to being poor in spirit. This act of pride led to Sodom and Gomorrah to commit abominations before the Lord.
Haughtiness of eyes and a proud heart, even the tillage of the wicked or the lamp [of joy] to them [whatever it may be], are sin [in the eyes of God]. (Proverbs 21:4, Amplified)
Look, I am against you, you arrogant one – because your day has come, the time when I will punish you. (Jeremiah 50:31, HCSB)
Therefore I removed them when I saw it. The end result of the pride in Sodom and Gomorrah is that their great sin was judged in the destruction of the two cities. The person who is poor in spirit does not commit sins of pride and avoids the judgment awaiting those who live in the sin of pride.
Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18, HCSB)
Today is a good day to look at your charitable giving and how you spend your time. Does it line up with Scripture? Are you being a good steward of God’s blessings?