Burn Your Bridges
II Kings 23
Intro: The phrase “burn your bridges” means do something that makes it impossible to return to an earlier state
I. Burn your Bridges when it comes to Obeying His Statues – II Kings 23:3
In verse 1-3, they are having a public reading of the book of the covenant.
Notice verse 3:
- 2 Kings 23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.
Notice what they burned:
- 4 – they burned the vessels
- 6 – they burned the grove
- 11 – they burned the chariots
- 15 – they burned the high place
- 15 – they burned the grove
- 16 – they burned the bones of the high priests
- 20 – they burned the men’s bones
What can we notice about this “burning of bridges?”
- It was Prompt – vs. 4
- It was Public – no way to do this privately or secretly; not a private vow/promise
- It was Pricey – no way to calculate the cost of what they burned
II. Burn your Bridges when it comes to Objecting to Sin – Acts 19:19
- Acts 19:18, 19 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
So many people are convicted of their sin, either through preaching, teaching, or the Holy Spirit.
But how many actually burn their bridges in a “once and for all stand” against that sin?
These new converts literally “burned their bridges” so they couldn’t go back to the former things.
- It was Prompt – confessed, and shewed their deeds
- It was Public – they burned them before all men
- It was Pricey – they counted the price; fifty thousand pieces of silver
It didn’t matter. Look at what happened.
- 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
III. Burn your Bridges when it comes to Opportunities to Serve – I Kings 19:21
- 1 Kings 19:21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
- It was Prompt – And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them,
- It was Public – and gave them unto the people
- It was Pricey – a yoke of oxen and the instruments
Conclusion: The secret to doing something for God is to maybe burn down the bridges back to the devil!