Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 17, 2020

Apprehending the Bonita Bandit

Apprehending the Bonita Bandit

Luke 12:15

Rev. William Spink, Jr.

Bay Presbyterian Church

April 19, 2020


            The presence of a threat

  1.  A Profile of the Bonita Bandit
    1. The fatal flaw of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3)
    1. The Big mistake of the children of Israel (Exodus 20)
    1. The message of the story of Achan (Joshua 7)
  1. A Biblical illustration of the Bonita Bandit (Psalm 73)
    1. Grounded in sound theology (verse 1)
    1. Drowning in the Poison of covetousness (verses 2-15)
  1. Examining the Disease
    1. Identifying it
    1. Understanding its danger
      1. Failure to love God
      1. Failure to love others
    1. Diagnosis – far more serious than expected
  1. Hope in the “Face of Danger”
    1. Paul’s testimony (Romans 7)
    1. Asaph’s recovery (Psalm 73:17-28)


            A weakness in the church

            The glory of the gospel


            Paul’s loving warning (I Timothy 6)

            God’s amazing grace

Apprehending the Bonita Bandit Scriptures

Rev. William Spink, Jr.

April 19, 2020

Luke 12:15

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Jeremiah 2:13

13 For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

Exodus 20: 17

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Joshua 7: 20-21

20 And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

Psalm 73: 1

1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Psalm 73: 2-3

2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.  3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 73: 4-12

4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.  5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.  6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.  7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.  8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.  9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.  10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.  11 And they say, “How can God know?  Is there knowledge in the Most High?”  12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.

Psalm 73: 13-15

13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.  14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.  15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

Luke 12: 15

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Romans 7: 7b-8a

7 If it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”  8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness.

Romans 7: 24-25a

24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Psalm 73: 16-17

16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

Psalm 73: 21-22

21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

Psalm 73: 23-28

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.  25 Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.  26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.  28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

1 Timothy 6: 6-10

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6: 17-19

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

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