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1. In the days of Jeremiah (ca. 600 B.C.), the people of
a. The northern kingdom of
b. Nebuchadnezzar, king of
2. The people of
a. One condemned by the Lord through His prophet Jeremiah
b. One which we do well to remember and avoid today
[We read of that false trust and how the LORD responded to it in Jer 7:1-15...]
"For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughlyexecute judgment between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place,or walk after other gods to your hurt, then I will cause you to dwell in this place, inthe land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
"Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, and come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? Hasthis house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen ” says the .
"But go now to My place which in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now, because you have done all these works,” says the , "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer, therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren— the whole posterity of Ephraim.
I. THE FALSE TRUST OF
A. TRUSTING IN THE
1. To excuse their failure to fully serve the Lord - Jer 7:1-7
a. Jeremiah commission to preach in the temple - Jer 7:1-2
b. Calling for repentance when the city was in danger of being destroyed by Babylonian forces - Jer 7:3
c. Their trust was in the fact the temple was in
1) Their attitude: "We are safe; surely the Lord will not allow His temple to be destroyed!"
2) As implied by the threefold statement "The temple of the Lord...!" - Jer 7:4
d. The Lord required more than rituals involving temple worship and outward piety
1) Repentance and service was to be done "thoroughly"(truly, NASB) - Jer 7:5a
2) Affecting their individual and daily dealings with people- Jer 7:5b-6
e. Such true service would spare them from Babylonian captivity- Jer 7:7
2. To excuse their obvious sins - Jer 7:8-11
a. Again, theirs was a false trust - Jer 7:8
b. Blatantly transgressing the Law - Jer 7:9
c. Then going to the temple, believing that such excused their conduct - Jer 7:10
d. Yet the Lord could see through their hypocrisy - Jer 7:11
B. THE LORD'S RESPONSE...
1. To the folly of such a false trust: "Remember
a. Where the tabernacle had once been - Josh 18:1 -
b. Where the ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines - 1Sa 4:10-11 - So the Philistines fought, and
2. God would do likewise with
a. Because of their failure to heed His prophets - Jer 7:13
b. What happened at Shiloh would happen at
c. They would be taken into captivity, just like Ephraim(
[In 1Co 10:11-12, we're told that God's dealings with
II. THE FALSE TRUST OF CHRISTIANS
A. TRUSTING IN THE CHURCH...
1. Could we have a false trust as "members" of the church which Christ built?
a. Like the Jews who cried "The Temple of the Lord..."
b. There may be those who cry "The Church of Christ..."
2. Acting (and perhaps believing) that membership excuses:
a. Negligence and inactive service?
1) With an attitude based on faulty reasoning?
a) E.g., The church will be saved, I am a "member", so I will be saved
b) E.g., As long as I am a "member", I can get by
2) Yet remember the parable of the tares - Mt 13:41-43 -
a) One may be in the kingdom (church) now
b) But cast out of the kingdom (church) at the last day
3) Salvation is dependent on individual allegiance, not group association! - Jn 15:2 -
b. Sinful actions?
1) Like the Jews who disobeyed God, then claimed exemption?
a) E.g., living in the world, then going to "church"?
b) E.g., engaging in immorality, worldliness, but being a "faithful member"?
2) God has not changed!
a) His grace demands holy living - Tit 2:11-12 -
b) Despise His grace, expect His wrath! - cf. He 10:26-31
3) Salvation is dependent upon God's grace, not church ritual!
B. THE LORD'S RESPONSE...
a. They had "a living name", but that did not free them from the threat of condemnation - Re 3:1-3
b. As always, salvation was based on individual consecration - Re 3:4-6
2. To the folly of such a false trust: "Remember
a. They had become "lukewarm" - Re 3:14-15
b. They were in danger of expulsion because of worldliness - Re 3:16-17
c. They were in need of rebuke and chastening - Re 3:18-22
1. Like the Jews whose salvation from destruction depended upon wholehearted service to God, so our salvation depends on complete and faithful obedience to the will of Christ!
2. We must avoid the fallacy of "virtue by
association", and remember that God
has promised to do to us just as He did to
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