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The Self-Pity of a Persecuted Preacher (4 of 6)
Series: A Character Study on Discouragement
January 22, 2003
1. In our story this evening we find Jeremiah the prophet discouraged. He is discouraged because he is being persecuted. He is being persecuted because his message had not been well received.
2. God had called Jeremiah to preach a message of judgment against Judah (20:5).
3. Zedekiah was King of Israel at this time--and, was in fact, the last King and worst king to ever rule over Judah.
a. God's judgment was severe for Judah and for King Zedekiah. Zedekiah had his eyes put out by the Babylonians, and was carried away in chains--but not before he had witnessed the execution of his sons.
4. We can see why Jeremiah and his message were not very well received (19:15; 20:1, 2).
5. Let's put down a few things we find in our story about Jeremiah:
I. HIS PROPHECY
II. HIS PERSECUTION
III. HIS PITY
I. JEREMIAH'S PROPHECY
A. It was not a popular message
1. God's message is usually not very popular with those who are unwilling to change their lives.
a. In Acts 7:54, after Stephen had delivered his scathing message to the Jews, the Bible says, "When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth."
B. It was not a pleasant message
1. There is much in the Bible that has to do with peace and comfort. There are a lot of verses that are pleasant - they sooth our broken hearts and comfort our souls.
a. However, much of God's Word can be unpleasant. Why? Because it goes against the grain of what we want, and what we want to do.
b. The Bible is a message from a Holy God to sinful and unholy people. It is sometimes very unpleasant...and when you happen to be the bearer of this message, you're not always going to be well received.
2. There are SOME CHRISTIANS who refuse to take to heart an unpleasant m ...
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