“THE COST TO SAY ‘I LOVE JESUS’” (Jer. 26:1-14)
JEREMIAH SERIES MESSAGE #9
FBC Earlville 8-23-15 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “An Arrest Funny”
A man was seen walking through downtown with a desk strapped to his back, a typewriter under one arm, and a wastebasket under the other.
He was stopped by a policeman, asked what he was doing, and arrested when he replied, “Impersonating an office, sir!”
Read 26:1-14 For August 30, could you read Jeremiah 29:11 and check out one of the more famous passages in this book! Our series in a selection of great verses from the Book of Jeremiah now progresses to chapter 26. Note the cost Jeremiah paid in order to proclaim God’s Word, to say, as in our day, “I love Jesus”. PRAYER
# 1 THE SPIRIT OF THE DAY v. 1 [“J” = “Jeremiah”]
* J ministered during the reign of Jehoiakim. Who was he, and is that important?
* 2 Kings 22:1-2 Josiah, Jehoiakim’s father, was a godly man! He was instrumental in a national revival! What an heritage he left for his children, especially Jehoiakim. What spiritual heritage have you left for your kids?
* 2 Kings 23:31-37 Note esp. v. 37, despite Jehoiakim’s heritage, he was identified as an ungodly – “did evil” – king.
* 2 Kings 24:1-6 A picture of the time frame in which J ministered!
The gov’t was against Biblical truth – sound familiar? This is the spirit of the day in which J ministered. So our day is no different. Are we against Biblical truth?
# 2 THE WORD OF THE LORD vs. 2-5
Tell them everything I command you – do not omit a word! (v. 2) Here is our Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
b. Perhaps they will listen (v. 3), and what if they don’t listen? (v. 4)
c. AND WHERE WERE THEY? note to whom J is talking: those of the community who are in GOD’S HOUSE! Like us, each one had to come to a decision to obey or not to listen. Like us, eternity is in the balance!
How hard is it to hear God’s voice. Each one is responsible to WHAT he hears and HOW he hears!
Deut. 4:1 “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you.”
Deut. 13:1-4 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”
#3 THE PRIDE OF THE HEART vs. 6-11
a. “I will make this house like Shiloh” (vs. 6, 9) Where the tabernacle had been set up (Josh. 18:1). Because of sin, God forsook Shiloh (Ps. 78:60).
Gen. 49:10 [Jacob/Israel’s bequeath on his deathbed to his son, Judah: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”]
This verse identifies Jesus as the true “Shiloh”, “until Shiloh comes”. Shiloh represents Jesus – they had forsaken God, just as we might forsake Jesus!
b. “J must die” (vs. 8-11) for speaking in the Lord’s name. There is a cost to say, “I love Jesus”. J was willing to pay that cost- ridicule, jail, and still standing by the truth. ARE WE?
CONCLUSION: THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD’S SERVANT vs. 12-14
Note J’s final words: “God sent me” (v. 12), “reform your ways” (v. 13), “I’m in your hands” (v. 14). He was FAITHFUL!
1 Cor. 4:1-2 God requires faithful servants:
“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
Are we faithful servants? Are you a faithful servant?
CLOSE IN PRAYER