Summary: Pentecost 18(B) - SEPTEMBER 22, 2002 - Believers consider Jeremiah’s character of obedience in service and humility in obedience.
Consider Jeremiah’s Character
18Because the LORD revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing. 19I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more."
20But, O LORD Almighty, you who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.
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Dearest Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:
Probably at one time or another in our lives, we have thought or maybe even spoken, “Woe is me!” Woe is me. Maybe if things got bad enough we might even say, “Woe is the world around me!” or “Woe is my family, church or nation!” Even in the wickedness of our day and age we want to realize we have it no worse than what Jesus did. Jesus, who came to this earth and was innocent His whole life, never said a bad word, never had an evil thought, never did anything wrong--yet was put to death for being God’s Son. He was put to death for being perfect. We might be tempted from time to time and say “Woe is me!” and yet the scripture reminds us that when we look at the life of Jesus, not once did He say, “Woe is me!” As we look at the life of Je-sus, we see that that is our example, that our ‘lot’ or path in life as a believer is to face suffering and persecution. Peter writes: "To this (suffering) you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps"(1 PETER 2:21 (quickview) ). We may say, “Woe is me!” but that is part of our Christian life, a part of our Christian calling, that we were called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. This morning we:
CONSIDER JEREMIAH’S CHARACTER
I. Obedience in service
II. Humility in obedience
I. Obedience in service
It is true. Jeremiah lived during one of the most terrible times for the children of Israel. Kings had ruled them. As kings came and went, some were good, some were bad. They had more bad kings than good kings. When Jeremiah started prophesying, there was a good king, Josiah. Because of Josiah, the Word of God came back to life. After Josiah left, the Word of God was once again covered up.
Jeremiah began to prophesy. He prophesied that if they thought they were in terrible times now, there were worse times yet to come. In fact, the Lord even told Jeremiah, “Don’t get mar-ried, because your children will be destroyed.” The next generation was going to be wiped out. That’s how bad it was going to be. It was terrible times, if we want to call them that. First of all, Jeremiah had a terrible message to deliver…God’s judgement. It was terrible times because God’s people didn’t listen and because even Jeremiahs’ friends didn’t listen. They turned against Jeremiah thinking they were going to defeat God’s judgement. He says: 18Because the LORD re-vealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing.