Jeremiah: Worshiping Our God of Repentance
Jeremiah is often called the "Prophet of Doom," but he was also the "Prophet of Invincible Hope". Punishment for sin was inevitable but beyond it Jeremiah saw God always waiting to forgive. He blasts away at three particular sins:
· Idolatry: 7:30-8:3; 19:1-15;
· Immorality: 5:1-9;
· Lying prophecy: 7:3- 11; 14:11-16; 23:9-40.
The great lesson of Jeremiah is that it is not enough to know our sins or even to regret them. Repentance is what God demands. The key passages of Jeremiah teach:
God is Sovereign in His Election
Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." (NASB)
God is Serious about His Word
Jeremiah 1:12 "Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it." (NASB)
God Is Settled Against The Self-Sufficient Life
Jeremiah 2:13 "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns, That can hold no water." (NASB) This is the condemnation of the SELF-SUFFICIENT LIFE.
Self-seeking leads to draught in three situations:
1. A cistern goes dry when it is over-used. So in our Christian life, when the demands increase we go dry, it is because of operating in our own strength.
2. A cistern goes dry when it gets hot for prolonged periods, so when life heats up and our time gets thin, we dry up spiritually.
3. A cistern goes dry when earthquakes leave cracks in the plaster walls. So in upheavals of life, spiritual dryness is a sign of self-sufficiency.
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