Aim: To be humble, by grace; and hence be pleasing to the Lord.
Doctrine: God's abhorrence of pride is complete and righteous. Pride caused the fall of men and angels; pride, through its idolatry, seeks to block the Lord's saving grace.
Exegesis: The effects of pride on (religious) sinners: it causes them to rob God of His rightful glory (vv. 1-7); it nullifies all their covenant advantages (vv. 8-11); it calls down God's judgment on them (vv. 12-14).
Further application: Confronting spiritual pride, head on: beg God for a true glimpse of myself and for grace and mercy, in light of my sinfulness.
Key verse: v. 9 ''Thus says the LORD: 'In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.' ''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.