Summary: In jeremiah we are told not to brag about ourselves but to brag about God and our relationship with Him.
.INTRO: An older woman was cruising a busy parking lot in her new Mercedes-Benz looking in vain for a parking space. She finally saw someone loaded with packages heading for a car, so she followed him, put on her blinker and waited patiently until he pulled out.
Just as he pulled out a young man in a sleek black Porsche zipped in to the space ahead of her. She was dumbfounded and outraged, and jumped out of her car, shouting, "How could you do that? Didn’t you see me waiting there with my signal on?"
He smiled an arrogant smile and replied, "That’s what you can do when you’re young and fast."
As the young man was about to enter the store he heard the hideous crunch of metal striking metal. He ran back, horrified, to see that the woman had gunned her Mercedes and smashed it into his beautiful black Porsche. He ran back and cried, "How could you do that?"
She smiled back at him and replied, "That’s what you can do when you’re old and rich!"
. We all like to let people know who we are don’t we.
. There were three boys sitting around one day and one said to another, My daddy is stronger than your daddy, the one he was talking to said well my daddy is stronger than your daddy and the one who had started the conversation retorted back that his daddy could beat up the other boy’s daddy. This went on for a little while. The back and forth that goes on between young boys like this. The third boy had been sitting there listening to this and finally he had something to say. He said my daddy can do all the things that your dad can do but guess what, my Momma can beat up my daddy.
. We all like to brag a little bit don’t we?
. As we look into our scripture this morning. We see that the nation of Judah had abandoned God for the most part and were worshipping other god’s and idols. They were becoming dependent upon themselves and were not trusting in God . They were becoming self sufficient in their own minds.
. Whereas in the past, their ancestors would tell the story of God and how He saved His people from bondage and slavery and how he brought them into the promised land.
. The land that they were now living in.
. They were not depending on God they were depending upon themselves.
. After all they were successful. They had good land and good crops and they had all the luxuries that the world could offer and they had forgotten where their blessings had come from.
. There’s an old Jimmy Stewart movie called Shenandoah and Stewart played a hard working farmer and the family was sitting around the table getting ready to eat and this is the blessing that the character prayed.
. “Lord, we plowed the field, we planted the field, we harvested the crop. We cooked it and put it on the table. It wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our hard work. But we thank you for it anyway. Amen.”
. Bragging about themselves and how it was them and their hard work, their knowledge of how to work in the fields that had produced the food.