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Summary: Repent to be Saved From Self

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It’s Not Too Late!

Jeremiah 8:20 (RSV)

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

What a sad and awful proclamation being made by Jeremiah about the chosen people of God.

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

Jeremiah is considered the 2nd of the four Major Prophets of the Bible, only to be preceed by Isaiah and followed by Ezekiel and Daniel. He is known as the “Weeping Prophet” because of his lamenting over the down fall and rebellious nature of Israel.

Jeremiah’s prophecy began at the age of 17, but some would argue that his ministry began at age 13.

Regardless of his age, it is a fact that God called Jeremiah into ministry,

Jeremiah 1: 4-5 “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

As a prophet, Jeremiah’s sole purpose was to expose the sins of God’s chosen nation and to clearly explain the reason for the approaching (70 Year) disaster, which would be lead by Babylon, during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

(Harvest: The reaping is over, time for in gathering is complete: Summer: Corporate America it’s evaluation time; time for teachers to prep for the new school year, Town officials get ready for the returning college students . . . . .)

What does this mean to us: Lost time with family, back to school, being away from family, vacations are over, summer chores not completed, time to prep for winter. . . . . . .

• Literal Meaning: Two Seasons to get their act together

• Metaphorically: They missed the blessings of God.

One might ask: What lead to the invasion and ultimately the exile on the Israelites?

Jeremiah 1:16 “I will utter My judgments against them concerning all their

wickedness, because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods,

And worshiped the works of their own hands.”

In other words, what’s happening to the Israelites is obvious; they have forgotten their first love as did the Church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5

Forgotten Your First Love:

Revelation 2:4-5: “Yet I have this against you—that you no longer love Me as you did at first. Be mindful, therefore, of the height from which you have fallen. Repent at once, and act as you did at first, or else I will surely come and remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.”

God’s Law via the Ten Commandments:

Exodus 20: 2-3: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of

the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me.

Exodus 20: 4-5: “Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the

ocean under the earth. Don’t bow down and worship idols. I am the LORD your God, and

I demand all your love. If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four


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