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Summary: THE ONLY WAY TO QUENCH YOUR SOUL’S THIRST IS TO ABANDON YOUR FISH POND AND COME DRINK FREELY AND DEEPLY FROM THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER— THE LORD JESUS!

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ARE YOU DRINKING OUT OF THE FISH POND

JERIMIAH 2:13

INTRO:

A) I WANT YOU TO IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE HIKING IN THE OUT IN THE WOODS

B) IT IS A VERY HOT DAY AND YOU ARE BECOMING VERY THIRSTY

C) AS YOU COME TO THE END OF THE TRAIL YOU NOTICE A HUGE DRINK COOLER

D) IT IS FILLED WITH ICE COLD FRESH SPRING WATER

E) AND BEST OF ALL THERE IS A SIGN ON THE COOLER THAT SAYS FREE DRINK ALL YOU WANT

F) SO YOU HELP YOURSELF TO THE NICE REFRESHING SPRING WATER

G) AS YOU ARE THO YOU NOTICE ANOTHER HIKER COME TO THE END OF THE TRAIL

H) HE STOPS AND NOTICES TOO THE COOLER FULL OF SPRING WATER

I) BUT, TO YOUR SURPRISE HE STOPS AT THE END OF THE TRAIL AND KNEELS DOWN TO DRINK FROM A SMALL FISH POND AT THE END OF THE TRAIL.

J) YOU PASSED THIS FISH POND AND NOTICED THE GOLD FISH SWIMMING IN IT—

K) THE LILLY PADS, A FEW FROGS AND A TURTLE.

L) LIKE MOST UNATTENDED FISH PONDS IT WAS FILLED WITH ALGAE,

M) THE WATER WAS GREEN, STAGNANT, MURKY.

N) BUT, THIS MAN HAS HIS FACE DOWN TO THE FISH POND DRINKING WITH ALL HIS MIGHT.

O) YOUR CURIOSITY GETS THE BEST OF YOU

P) SO YOU WALK OVER TO THE FISH POND HOLDING YOUR BOTTLE OF CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

Q) YOU ASK HIM—

R) ”WHY ARE YOU DRINKING OUT OF THE FISH POND?

S) DON’T YOU SEE THAT COOLER FULL OF FREE CRYSTAL SPRINGS WATER?

T) THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT’S IN THAT WATER.”

U) HE SAYS TO YOU, “I SAW THE COOLER,

V) BUT THIS FISH POND WAS CLOSER, MORE CONVENIENT AND I WAS REAL THIRSTY.

W) AND BESIDES, DIDN’T YOU SEE THIS SIGN?”

X) HE PULLS BACK A BRANCH HANGING OVER THE FISH POND AND REVEALS AN OLD HAND PAINTED SIGN THAT READS,

Y) “FREE WATER—DRINK ALL YOU WANT—IT WILL SATISFY YOUR THIRST”

Z) WHAT WOULD YOU THINK ABOUT THIS GUY?

1) WOULD YOU THINK HE WAS CRAZY—

2) DRINKING OUT OF THE FISH POND WHEN HE COULD HAVE CLEAN, COOL, REFRESHING WATER?

I WANT TO ASK YOU THIS MORNING—ARE YOU DRINKING OUT OF THE FISH POND?

1. IN OUR PASSAGE TODAY, ISRAEL WAS GUILTY OF DRINKING OUT OF THE FISH POND.

2. THERE WAS A CLEAR, FRESH, FLOWING FOUNTAIN OF WATER AVAILABLE BUT THEY CHOSE INSTEAD TO DRINK OUT OF THE FISH POND.

A) YOU SEE ISRAEL HAD TURNED THERE BACK ON GOD

B) GOD SENT JERIMIAH IN TO REMIND THEM OF HOW GOD HAD LED THEM AND PROVIDED FOR THEM

C) AND NOW THEY HAD TURNED THEIR BACK ON HIM

D) IT WAS NOT BECAUSE THEY FOUND ANY FAULT IN GOD (4-7)

1) *GOD DID NOT ABANDON THEM IN THE WILDERNESS

2) *HE BROUGHT THEM INTO THE LAND OF PLENTY AND THEY ENJOYED ITS GOOD FRUITS.

3) PRIEST DID NOT KNOW GOD—STAY IN WORD

4) THE RULERS DISOBEYED GOD

5) THE PROPHETS GAVE FALSE MESSAGES

AND AS A RESULT ISRAEL HAD COMMITTED 2 SINS:

I. ISRAEL HAS FORSAKEN GOD AND THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER:

A) WATER IS AN ESSINTIAL INGREDIANT FOR LIFE

B) IT IS ESSINTIAL THAT WE HAVE A SOURCE OF CLEAN WATER

C) IN BIBLE DAYS THE BEST SOURCE OF WATER WAS A FOUNTAIN FLOWING WITH FRESH LIVING WATER.

D) GOD IS LIKEN THAT SOURCE OF LIVING WATER

1) *THE BEST SOURCE OF LIFE—

2) *THE BEST SOURCE OF SATISFACTION!

3) * THE BEST SOURCE TO QUENCH THIRST!

II. ISRAEL HAD MADE FOR HERSELF CISTRENS THAT WOULDN’T EVEN HOLD WATER:

A) NOW YOU MUST REALIZE WHAT A CISTREN IS


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