Summary: The need to keep our commitment to God
Intro: Today is a very special day in my life. 7 years ago today, I stood at the front of a church, and looked back the aisle at a young girl from my church who walked forward, took my hand, and committed the rest of her life to live as my wife. It’s a very sentimental moment in my life. Ronda and I have three videos of that service, and we have watched each often.
What would you think if I told you today I was getting a divorce? Some of you probably might believe that Ronda was finally coming to her senses. But what if I stood here before you and told you I’ve been having an affair? What if I told you I could care less whether I stay married or not? What are the thoughts that rush through your mind?
I realize that this is a sensitive matter. I know there are some in this church who have experienced the pain of divorce. But I also know that there are some who have been a part of this church, and even in the short time since I have been here, they have decided they were tired of living with their spouse. In fact, more than one, has decided they no longer wished to be married to their husband.
Unfaithfulness is a great tragedy. It has terrible consequences. But that is not just the truth about marriages, but also in our spiritual lives. Jeremiah is a book about unfaithfulness. Jeremiah uses many visual images to show the people their sinfulness in being unfaithful to their God. Let’s look at Jeremiah 11 to see a vivid picture of how God viewed the people.
I. Israel’s Commitment to God
A. The Jews were “married” to the LORD - they were to be faithful
God had bound himself in a covenant relationship with the Jews. He had set them apart as a people special to himself. He had sealed the relationship through “covenants” with the people.
##When we got married, Ronda and I made promises to each other about our faithfulness.
The Jews also made “covenants” with the Lord.
Ex. 19 - Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: `You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.
Many priests and kings renew this covenant - David, Jehoida, Hezekiah, Josiah - The people time and time again renewed their vows to be faithful to the LORD.
The people were responsible for their part: obedience 11:4
God was responsible for his part: relationship - 4 “my people” & rewards 5 “land”