Bible Studies
in the Christian Library
Heb. 12:16,17 


1. Bad bargains are easily made  2. We try to "make the best of a bad bargain."  3. Any bargain with the devil is a bad bargain  4. Better that we never make a bad bargain  5. The Bible contains a record of some bad ones I. SOME BAD BARGAINS  1. Esau sold his birthright. Gen. 25:29-34; He. 12:16, 17  a). Some of God's children sell their birthrights for a meal of the devil's pottage  2. The sons of Jacob sold their brother Joseph into Egypt. Gen. 37:27, 28  a). Some sell their brethren into sin for less than twenty pieces of silver. Israel's bargain with the Canaanites  a). God said utterly destroy them. Deut. 7:1-4  b). Israel made a "covenant" with them. Judges 1:28; 2:1-3  c). Canaanites corrupted Israel's wisest king. 1 Kings 11:1-4  4. King Saul bargained with the witch of Endor  a). "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Exo. 22:18  b). Saul suffered one to live. 1 Sam. 28:7-21  e). He made a bargain with her. Verse 10  d). Lost his life and kingdom as result. I Chron. 10:13, 14  5. Herod's bargain with Salome. Mk. 6:21-28  a). Cost life of John the Baptist  b). Herod wished he had never made it! Verse 26  e). Sinned willfully for "his oath's sake."  6. Judas bargained with the chief priests. Mat. 26:14-16  a). Betrayed Jesus. A bad bargain! G.W.B “BEHOLD I THOUGHT 2 Kings 5:11 

Introduction: God wants us to think, but He does not expect us to think we know more than Him. His thoughts are higher than ours. Isa. 55:8, 9 


1. Naaman. Thought Elisha would make display. 2 Kings 

5. Thought Abana and Pharpar just as good. Thought command too simple 2. Cain. Thought fruit of ground all right. Gen.  4. Thought "one way good as another." Thought no sin in such a little thing 3. Jonah. Thought he could escape responsibility. Jonah  1. Thought he could hide from God. Thought he was safe and went to sleep 4. Peter. Thought three systems would be fine. Matt.  17. Thought Moses should be honored. Thought Jesus would not die 5. Paul. Thought he should persecute church. Ac. 26:9. Thought he was doing right. Thought God was pleased with him 

6. Man. Thinks all ways are scriptural. Prov. 14:12. Thinks sprinkling is baptism. Thinks instrumental music is scriptural. Thinks Catholic Church is mother church. Thinks God wants denominationalism. Thinks Heaven is for everybody. Thinks baptism is nonessential. Thinks we'll have second chance 

Sermon Outline by Thomas Winter Butterfield 

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