Sermon:
Rev. George R. Dillahunty
Freedom Fellowship (COG)
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

April 26, 2009

Text: Jeremiah 7:1-15 (King James Version)

"The Word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, (v. 2) ’Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this Word, and say, "Hear the Word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord.’" (v. 3) Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ’Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. (v. 4) Trust ye not in lying words, saying, "The temple of the Lord; The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. (v. 5) For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor; (v. 6) If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place neither walk after other gods to your hurt: (v. 7) Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave your fathers. for ever and ever. (v. 8) Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. (v. 9) Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; (v. 10) And come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, ’We are delivered to do all these abominations?’ (v. 11) Is this house which is called by My Name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it," saith the Lord. (v. 12) ’But go ye now unto My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My Name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of My people Israel. (v. 13) And now, because ye have done all these works,’ saith the Lord, ’and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but yet answered not; (v. 14) Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by My Name, wherein yet trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. (v. 15) And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.’"

Topic: Remember Shiloh!

In the days of the "Weeping Prophet," Jeremiah - about 600 B.C. - the people of Judah faced difficult times because they had developed a false trust; and, Almighty God was not pleased! The northern kingdom of Israel was history - taken into Assyrian captivity! King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had defeated Assyria, and was making his way into Judah!

The false trust was this: the people were trusting in the temple to excuse their failure to fully serve the Lord! The Prophet Jeremiah was commissioned to preach in the temple - calling for repentence when the city was in danger of being destroyed by Babylonian forces! Their trust was in the fact that the temple was in Jerusalem. Their attitude was this: "We are safe; surely the Lord will not allow His temple to be destroyed" - as implied