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Sad Sermons for Stubborn Saints (2 of 10)
We are going to survey the substance of chapters 2 through 6. It's going to be impossible to deal with all of the verses, but I'm going to try to give you the highlights and the essence of the book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah, in the first chapter, tells us about his call. God had called him to be a prophet. He was the son of a priest, and it looked like he was going to grow up and be a priest and have a relatively calm career. But God shook all of that up and called him to be a prophet, which was quite a different assignment.
In chapter 2 he begins the series of messages that he delivers through this book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah was assigned by God to one of the toughest ministries ever assigned to one of the prophets of God. It was his assignment to preach an unwelcome message. He was to preach to the people of God a message that was destined to be very, very disliked. He goes down in the pages of the Old Testament prophets as the most unpopular of all of the prophets. When you read some of these sermons of Jeremiah, you know why. Jeremiah doesn't pull any punches.
God has called him to deliver the Word of God. In the first chapter the Lord said, "I'm going to put My words in your mouth and you are to say what I tell you to say." The Lord indicated to him in his call that he was going to have a tough time, but he didn't have any idea that it was going to be as tough as it turned out to be.
I've often said that when the Lord called me to preach, if He had told me everything that was ahead of me I'm not sure I would have been as willing as I was at that particular time. God doesn't tell you the whole story. You surrender to Him and then along the way He lets you in on what's ahead.
Jeremiah, as you read through these of messages of his, will have these tough messages for the people. It might give you the idea that he was kind of hard boiled ...
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