“WHAT’S MINE IS HIS – WHAT’S HIS IS HIS” (Jer. 45)
JEREMIAH SERIES MESSAGE #13 – LAST IN SERIES
FBC Earlville 9-20-15 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION We’ve been through much in the past 12 weeks. From Jeremiah’s calling as a prophet, to his willingness to proclaim God’s word even when there was no outward sign that God was going to act or the people were going to believe – Jeremiah was used of God in his time, and in our time as well. And on occasion he mentions his personal servant, “Baruch” – one who was not in the forefront but in the background. But today Jeremiah draws attention to a vital failing in Baruch’s life – what I call the “Baruch Battle” – and perhaps that battle is in our lives today. Who on earth was “Baruch”? Let’s pray and find out. PRAYER
# 1 My job, v. 1 [“J” = “Jeremiah”]
* Go over his duties as shown in this verse and throughout Jeremiah. Read Jer. 36:1-8 [32:12,13,16; 36:4,10,13-18,26,32; 43:3,6 [doctrine of inspiration: God used a human instrument to convey His Word from the Lord to the paper!]
2 points: PT. #1: See. Jer. 15:16 (“Your Words were found and I ate them…”) The heart of God’s Word is to change lives
PT. #2: this is where the Lord wisely placed him – and where God used him!
How about you? Have you resolved in your heart that “my job” is what God has gifted you to do – even if it is writing parking tickets? ALL jobs are HIS jobs when done for HIS glory!
# 2 My sorrow and pain, vs. 2-3
From other translations:
* Note v. 3, “You said..” When? In private prayer? under Baruch’s breath where NO ONE had heard? But God heard!
* “I am so miserable”
* “The one Jeremiah serves [“The Lord”] has added grief to my pain.”
* I’m worn out from groaning. I can’t find any rest. [BUT who really was the one with true compassion for Judah?]
*Illustration.: Lamentations is filled with J’s heart on weeping – his burden NOT for himself but for his nation, and for God’s mercy on her!
* 3-5 times (depending on version) Baruch voices his concern about…himself
* WHO was the Lord’s servant – Jeremiah or Baruch? Baruch forgot his position before the Lord.
Application: LOOK UP: Luke 9:43-44, 45-48. Application: Jesus‘ taking a towel and being the servant Who washed the disciples’ feet (Jn. 13). Matt. 20:28: “ It’s the same way with the Son of Man. He didn’t come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many people.” As Jesus served the Father, shouldn’t we?
#3 HIS “job”, v. 4
Refer back to Jer. 1:4-5, 6-10. Jeremiah’s job. God is making a play on those words to say that this is GOD’S JOB as well!
* CF. 2 Cor. 3:1-4: “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”
* The Spirit of the living God changes hearts – He knows what He does. AND John 15:26 “He will testify of Me”, v. 27 and YOU will bear witness.
* God the Father loves to change hearts; and the Spirit enjoys drawing attention to the Lord Jesus. The Trinity works together – HIS “job” – to built up, to plant, to change hearts!
#4 HIS “sorrow and pain”, v. 5
“Forget about making any big plans for yourself” (Message Translation)
* God’s “sorrow and pain” is when others take the attention which is reserved ONLY for HIM!
* Remember John 3:30, where John the Baptist, in referring to the Lord Jesus, knew of his life’s mission: “He must increase, and I must decrease”
Phil. 2:5-11 Who is to be exalted? The Lord Jesus ALONE! – that is the heart of the “Baruch battle”.
Close in prayer