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God Files for Divorce (2 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
July 15. 2007
1. A Time they were to Remember!
A) The Love of their Life
B) The Lord of their Life
2. A Tragedy they were to Resolve!
A) Spiritual Ignorance
1) They Forsook the Lord
2) They Forgot the Lord
B) Shameful Infidelity
1) The Cause of It
2) The Consequence from It
3. A Truth they were to Reconcile!
A) A Contrite Heart
B) A Committed Heart
C) A Cleansed Heart
I recently read about a farmer that walked into a lawyer's office wanting to file for divorce. The lawyer asked, "Do you have any grounds?" The man said, "Yes, I've got 140 acres." The lawyer said, "No, you don't understand, do you have a case?" The man replied, "No, I've got a John Deere." The lawyer said, "Sir, you still don't understand, do you have a grudge?" The man said, "Yes, I've got a grudge. That's where I park my Mercedes." The lawyer said, "No sir, you still don't understand, do you have a suit?" The man said, "Yes sir, I got the one I wear to church every Sunday." The lawyer asked, "No sir, you still don't understand, does your wife beat you up?" The man said, "No sir, we both get up about 4:30."
In Jeremiah 2-4, the honeymoon is over, the wedding pictures are tossed out, and God files for divorce. We read in Jeremiah 2: 9, "Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead."
The word "plead" is the Hebrew word rib. It literally means, "To conduct a case, or bring a charge." In other words, God brings a charge against His people and takes them to divorce court; and, Jeremiah 2-4 is the legal document.
In his work "The Present Crisis," James Russell Lowell writes:
Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne.
Yet, that scaffold sways the future,
And behind the dim unknown.
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above His own.
In J ...
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