Judgement and Hope

Today’s blog is a brief outline of the message that I preached yesterday.  I have not typed out the Bible references.  I would encourage you to read them for yourself as you go through this outline.  They are a vital part of the message.

Introduction

Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet.  He was called as a young man to proclaim a coming judgement to a people who would not listen.  He preached for years.  His message was met with disdain.  He was ridiculed, beaten, and imprisoned.  He loved his people but they did not return his love.  He lived to see the judgement of God fall upon the nation of Israel.

I.  Jeremiah 7:2-14  Warning of Coming Judgement

The children of Israel were over-confident in their standing as the people of God.  Their history would not save them.  The presence of the temple will not save them.  They cannot choose to obey some of the commandments and ignore others.

We can see ourselves in this story.  A form of godliness will not save us.  Our history will not save us.  The presence of many churches will not save us.  We cannot choose to obey some commandments and ignore others.

We are called to walk with God and be His people.  If we are doing that, we will keep His commandments.

II.  Jeremiah 7:23-24 Who Will Listen to the Truth?

The truth was spoken, but they did not listen.

Today, who listens to the truth?

How familiar is the phrase, ” I know I shouldn’t but…”

III.  Jeremiah 7:28  Truth has Perished

We believe what we want to believe.  Philosophers call it “cognitive relativism”  where people create their own truth.  Some examples are: The Bible is a good book.  Jesus was a good man.  Creation is a nice story.

IV.  Judgment and Hope

Jeremiah 9:12-16  They have followed their own ways, so judgement is coming.

9: 23-24  There is hope for the faithful, even in the midst of judgement.

17:5-6  Judgement against the unbeliever is sure

17:7-8 Hope is offered to those who trust in God.

Conclusion

Seek to walk with God, keep His commandments, and it will be well with us.

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4 Responses to “Judgement and Hope”

  1. glblock Says:

    it must of been glorious to have these prophets around, the magic is to listen, hear, and follow the truth.

  2. Duane Moraine Says:

    Very Good! I preached about Jeremiah and Josiah yesterday. Jer. 29; 2 Kings; 2 Chron.; Loving God with all the heart as King Josiah did, even as a young man, Jer. did as a young man. Also, the influence of High Priest Hilkiah (Jer’s dad and gr-granpa of Ezra). Godly mature influence led Josiah, Jer and Judah into revival. The recovery of the Law in the Temple, etc. I asked myself, “how do I know if I love God with all of my heart?” Hopefully my personal devotion to him, true worship involvement and influence on the society will bear out a genuine love in my life. Duane

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