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March 23, 2021 2:00 am
God's Word motivates us to keep pursuing Him and living for Him. Join Skip as he shares how God's truth inspired Jeremiah in his ministry and how it can motivate you in your life, too.
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Jeremiah, likewise, God's word motivated him to keep on administering DL Moody was a preacher in Chicago a century ago. He said I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires something about God's word gives me yours truly out of many arrests God's truth is the motivation and foundation we need to keep going in this life today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip shares how God's word motivated Jeremiah to keep living for the Lord and how it can do the same for you. Then at the end of today's program Skip and his wife Linda share how you can take your walk with God to another level depends on the condition of your heart. The location you might say of your heart, your heart right before God humble before God, you draw near to him and God will be as close to you as he was to anybody in the Old Testament think Skip if you want to hear more. Please stay tuned after the teaching. Now we want to tell you about a great resource that shows what you can find great hope for today in Jesus resurrection.
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Do what you want sleep with who you want male or female or anybody or anything. Habit. When God gives you over to those desires is an indication that God is judging that nation though. I think it's Artie begun Arnold Toynbee who was a very renowned historian, said that out of 22 civilizations appearing in history 19 of the 22 collapsed when they reached the present moral condition of the United States of America. He said that a generation ago.
19 of them in his expert study on human history collapsed. You might be witnessing now. Like Jeremiah was witnessing the very collapse of our nation under the judgment of God, not try to scare you but I want to prepare you.
There's hope for us. As you know chapter 3rd chapter 3 verse 14 return to backsliding children all speeded up.
I promise, says the Lord, for I am married to you.
There's another relational term. I will take you one from one city to from a family and I will bring you to Zion will bring them back good on the verse 22 return oh backsliding children and I will hear your backs Hillyer backsliding 16 times in this book 16 16 the word or term backsliding or backsliding beings appear you're familiar with what backs a backslider is right. It just means to move backward.
If you want to get an illustration of backsliding never try to climb up a slide on the playground. If you try to climb it and you let go of the side rails, you will your slide backwards, you will lose ground. You may try to gain ground, but you will more quickly lose ground so this is a metaphor and in the book of Jeremiah still with a metaphor like this. 21 different pictures of judgment and that's because I Jeremiah was a good communicator.
You know you didn't just help people hear it.
He wanted people to see it, so he chose very, very vivid language for that app is another example. Chapter 4 verse 3C were making progress. Thus says the Lord, to the men of Judah and Jerusalem break up your fallow ground saga agricultural terminology and do not soul among thorns circumcised different metaphor obviously circumcise yourselves to the Lord and took away the foreskin of your hearts, you men of Judah you inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest my fury come forth like fire and burn so that no one can quench it because of the evil of your doings now.
Chapter 5 in chapter 6 happened to be during that reform. I told you about member mentioned King Josiah, the good king who heard the law, tore his robe humbled himself turn to God in sincerity. Some of the leaders did too but it was really a superficial turning as far as the general population was concerned, you know okay man the kings into this, we we better get into it to any pig can fly in a hurricane. And anybody can jump on the bandwagon. NSI gathers there's a Jesus movement happen. I want to jump on and there's a revival have okay him again Eckersley and of the King. I want him to be happy with me. So all good all due to so it was very superficial was in a national turning it all. There was no real change so chapter 6, verse 13 kind of isolates one of the problems here says because from the least of them even to the greatest of them. Everyone is given to covetousness and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of my people slightly, saying, peace, peace when there is no peace.
Then there's a couple of bad groups here. One group is politicians which I generally find is is a bad group anyway just honestly speaking very hard to find a good one. I find good godly ones, very rare there out there, but I also know God uses them. I and I know God use them, and God sets them on thrones and brings them down, raise them up Bible says that were told to pray for them anybody in elected office. You should pray for whether you voted for them or not, whether you like them or not, whether you like their policies are not whether you agree with their tweets and were not here to pray for every single leader them is not right or wrong. So bad. Group number one politicians here to tell you why in a minute bad group number two prophets and as suspect is politicians are preachers often time I'm very suspicious of preachers. I am one, but I'm still very very skeptical of of many of them, if not most of and in this case you had politicians and prophets preachers who wanted the people of Judah to not be worried about the reports of Jeremiah saying the sky is falling, the sky is falling. Babylon is coming they wanted to quiet the kind of anxiety in the hearts of the people and so politicians went to form alliances with other nations, rather than trusting God recover that last week and prophets wanted to preach in feel-good happy messages. Enter Jeremiah the prophet who brought truth and they didn't want to hear the truth and I will get him in trouble so this bad group of prophets and politicians were trying to treat the real core problem of Judah superficially that they were if I can use this metaphor putting a Band-Aid on an arterial bleed which the patient would bleed out. There were cracks I read a true story about a 50-year-old nurse you think she would know better. She had ovarian cancer very, very difficult form of cancer to eradicate. She was scheduled to go to surgery and chemotherapy afterwards. A lot of treatments my life. It is very similar. A cancer so I know the routine but the doctor said I found this ointment. This black salve that is healed many cancers including my own. She canceled her surgery submitted to his treatment and after several months became far worse in the area he treated with his Blacks.
That became highly infected and she ended up dying. Jeremiah is the true doctor these other guys are quacks and the nation will offset because they don't want to hear the truth that you need surgery so chapter 7 through 10. Jeremiah goes to Ground Zero and that is the temple of God itself. Chapter 7 to 10.
We call them temple discourses he sent to the temple on the main worship Center in Jerusalem to preach sermons. There's another temple sermon in chapter 26 we won't get to that chapter 7 verse two got to stand in the gate of the Lord's house and proclaim there this word and say hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah, who enter of these gates to worship the Lord.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel amend your ways and your doings and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words of the false prophets and politicians saying the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these what is that mean it means that these false prophets and that politicians were saying, look around you. This is the temple built by King Solomon. This is the center of worship God wouldn't let anything happen to notice just like somebody is a God would never let anything happen to the US, God would let anything happen to Judah or this temple is the temple of the Lord and and so Jeremiah has to go over all the people are gathering maybe even one of the three program fees like up Passover, Pentecost, or Tabernacles enters thousands of people coming in single trust in these lying words. Part of the problem is that the people retained the symbol of worship but left the substance of worship.
The symbol is the temple, the substance is the Lord of the temple. There are many people who are content with ritual short of a relationship. The keep the ritual hair you were born. Are you are you a Christian you know God, you know you're going to go to heaven when you know I was raised in the church translate what they're saying. I believe in the ritual I was baptized by my parents. I was confirmed that I was a child much first took me to church and always stomach what about your relationship so many like this. Trust in the ritual short of an actual relationship. Some look to a place as a holy place. Fast-forward to the New Testament. Are there any holy places.
Are there any holy places well everyplace is holy in that sense wherever God is holy but are there other holy temples are holier than others know there are no holy places in the New Testament God does not dwell in temples made with hands as the prophet said that Stephen sermon in the book of acts, so there no hope. There's no holy places, but there are holy people so the holy place for God wills and now are people you you're the temple of the Holy Spirit.
He lives in you. So they were looking to the place, but they didn't become holy people for that as part of the problem. So get so bad that in verse 16 God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people anymore. First time got a brigade that commandment to a prophets dirty pray for these people because it's a waste of your breath.
I'm not can answer.
They've now crossed the line of no return, chapter 11 through 20 is what I minute call performance prophecy you saw a great performance by Cindy moments ago.
She took the little clay and she molded it into into a vessel here, Jeremiah, and chapters 11 to 20 uses visual aids to get people's attention. They would look they would get the message as you would do certain things.
So chapter 13 God becomes Jeremiah's fashion consultant and says hey Jerry go take this piece of cloth. This sash and bury it in the muddy ground. Then after a while, take it out and where it and I would be a prophecy, a symbol of Judas pride that is become beat up and worn out in an and soaked in sullen and useless.
In chapter 16 God says Jeremiah don't get married stay single. Don't you dare raise a family in this place. Now why would he do that that's an unusual request because typically by age 20, all Jewish males were well married. By that time in that age.
The damage by 20 they were married they were expected to be in fact a Jewish rabbi even said of all the people who will not enter heaven is a Jewish man who has no life.
So they expected people to get paradoxes don't marry, don't raise a family. Why chapter 16 verse two. You will not take a wife, you shall not have sons or daughters in this place, his wife, thus says the Lord concerning the sons and daughters were born in this place concerning their mothers, who bore them and their fathers to got them in the land they shall die gruesome deaths. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried, there shall be like refuse her down in the face of the earth, they shall be consumed by the sword by famine and or corpses shall be meat food for the birds of heaven and for the beasts of the earth, not the good incentive to stay single. Chapter 18 Jeremiah's invited to Pottery Barn. That is the house of the Potter where he would go to the workshop. Watch the Potter make a vessel on the potter's wheel watch has that vessel became mired in the potter's hands watches the Potter then took that marred vessel and reshaped it into something different.
In chapter 19.
Jeremiah's told to take a pot from Pottery Barn from the potter's house go outside the city of Jerusalem outside the gate and smash it and here's why. Chapter 19 verse one thus says the Lord. Go get a Potter's earthen flask and take some of the elders of the people in some of the elders of the priests, then you shall break this flask in the side of the men who go with you and say to them, thus says the Lord of hosts. Even so, I will break this people in this city as one breaks the potter's vessel which cannot be made whole again and they shall bury them in total fat where there is not until there is no place to bury this. Several of these kinds of sermons in this book, I heard that when a speaker speaks like I'm doing now. People who listen will retain if they're listening very carefully and some of you are not all of you are some of you are if you're listening very carefully to my words and that you can remember at best 10%. If you listen to this twice. That is if you go home go on to get on the computer listen to it again. You'll remember 25%. That's very discouraging to a guy who speaks if you want to up your odds.
You show them if they see something people usually retain about 50% of what they see. I guarantee everybody who saw Jeremiah break this jar that date.
Remember every detail of what they saw and then they would be more inclined remember the message that he gave no Jeremiah gets discouraged because in. Here's one of the reasons chapter 20 verse one now past. Sure, the son of ember, the priest to was also chief governor in the house of the Lord heard the Jeremiah prophesied these things, then partial or struck Jeremiah and put them in the stocks that were in the Highgate of Benjamin, which was in the house of the Lord. Now what you think Jeremiah's thinking at this point this is my job description. I didn't sign up for this. I know a few Minuteman maybe all the above. He was so discouraged he wanted to quit the ministry we understand.
I understand verse nine. Then I said, for all this bad turn of events is now in prison. Then I said I will not mention make mention of him nor speak anymore in his name. This is Jeremiah turning in his resignation.
He's quitting Jeremiah the prophet now wants to become a nonprofit organization. I quit the ministry I'm done for. I'm not well were not done with the book yet what kept them going. Verse nine continues by his word within my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones.
I was wary of holding it back and I could not. Something about God's word had to look for an opportunity to get it out.
You remember those two disciples who were discouraged on the road to Emmaus. They did know Jesus rose from the dead. He walks up to them. Incognito he speaks to them from the Old Testament. Once Jesus is revealed to them they said did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us along the way.
What burned God's word what he do speak to them. He spoke to them the word of God it burn within it motivated them and for Jeremiah. Likewise, God's word motivated him to keep on in ministry in a DL Moody was a preacher in Chicago a century ago. He said I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires me something about God's work that gets me yours truly out of many a rut.
Martin Luther put it this way.
The Bible has hands. It lays hold of you has feet and runs after me is like this a living entity that grabs a hold of my life and picks me up when I'm at my lowest, so he's he's ready to quit and he doesn't and I will continue finishing get this the book of Jeremiah and it's perfect because the very short book of Lamentations should be tacked on to the study of the book of Jeremiah so were going to take next week. The book of Jeremiah part two and the book of Lamentations. He is seeing Jerusalem falling and comments that Skip the message from the series the Bible from 30,000 now, let's head into the studio with significantly as they share how you can take your walk with God to another level. As you mentioned today our Christian faith and ritual regulations. That doesn't allow only places now dwells in only get can we talk more about how this mindset can take us further into our block sure the old paradigm was about location.
It was geocentric. It was driven by a place you go the new paradigm is about relation. It's theocentric.
It's driven by a person not a place.
The relationship you have of God, and God has with you. So remember the woman at the well said you Jews worship in Jerusalem.
We say this is the mountain where we are to worship Jesus said look, but time is coming when done matter where you go, it's it's those who worship in spirit and in truth.
In the book of acts. Stephen said the most high does not dwell in temples made with hands, and then James just simply put, draw near to God and God will draw near to you. So doesn't matter where you are depends on the condition of your heart. The location you might say of your heart is your heart right before God humble before God as you draw near to him and God will be as close to you as he was to anybody in the Old Testament who wended that tabernacle and saw the Shekinah glory. I love the thought of location location that I said that's really good and the other thing is you are pastor and I'm a pastor's wife so we do encourage people to go to church and it's not that the places special that led to our mark gathered in his name and the Met's of course you can find him alone and heightened brain your home to celebrate thinking is given IN conversation with given language families pursuing God in history now share the exciting way you can help encourage others by keeping teachings like today's five going strong. Just visit connect with.com/donate or call 800 9288 again hundred 19 team to it again tomorrow as talks about the covenant God made with his people, including the new covenant so Skip presentation of connection communications changing truth