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Cheer Up! It's Gonna Get Worse! (4 of 10)
The Lord told Jeremiah that he had been called to a difficult task. When the Lord called him at the very beginning of his ministry, he was told that it was not going to be easy. When we get to the twelfth chapter, verse 5, we will discover that it was a lot harder than he ever imagined it was going to be.
The messages of Jeremiah are not necessarily in a chronological order. It's not always easy to identify exactly when Jeremiah is delivering the messages before us.
We do know that the young king Josiah was used of the Lord to call the people back to God. He was a godly young king. While he was the king, the law of the Lord was found in the temple. It had been neglected and it was lost, so to speak. They rediscovered the law of the Lord. He read it to the people and called the people to return to the Lord and led the people in a restoration of the temple of God. They were so proud of that temple. As we have seen, they would go in and out of that temple in large numbers.
But Jeremiah was a prophet who looked beneath the surface. You will find all the way through Jeremiah in his messages that he is always probing beneath the surface. Jeremiah understood that it is possible to have reformation on the outside but there be no real change on the inside. That's what he's dealing with in these chapters.
I. Disobeying God's Word.
The opening section of this particular message, chapters 11 through 13, has to do with disobeying God's Word. Jeremiah reminds the people of the covenant of the Lord.
There are many covenants in the scriptures. God made a covenant with Abraham, for instance, that is, God made a contract. God made an agreement. As he refers here in verses 3, 4 and 5, when God led the children of Israel out of Egypt, which He compares to an iron furnace, He called the people again to a covenant.
You may recall in the book of Deuteronomy before they got ...
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