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Jer 20:1-14

THE LONELY PROPHET

May 18, 1969 am


IN SEPTEMBER 1962 I PREACHED IF GOD SENT A PROPHET TO AMERICA IT WOULD BE JEREMIAH

  • Some say unless America repents she will be judged - we are NOW under the judgment hand of God
  • Our land is filling its cup with crime, death, confusion, injustice, riot crumbling institutions
  • Jeremiah himself was filled with confusion, heartbreak, and uncertainty, but he spoke for God, and though he lacked the power to protect himself, he delivered God's message

I. THE PERSON OF THE PROPHET FACED CRISIS 20:1-

God never works any other way than through an individual person- this is His method in this world

A. JEREMIAH FACED MANY PERSONAL ATTACKS, AS HIS CONTEMPORARIES TORMENTED HIM 20:3

  • In this passage - Pashur put him in the stocks - for mockery, pain, prison
  • In Jer 37:16 he was placed in a dungeon- bottom of a slimy well, shoulder deep in muck 38:3
  • Finally he was dragged to Egypt, unable to defend his own person from attack & ridicule

B. THE GREATEST BETRAYAL WAS FROM JEREMIAH'S OWN HEART AND FEELINGS 20:7,8

  • He felt God had deserted him, and lied to him, - God's word made him a reproach and a derision
  • He complained, not so much at his treatment, but at the fact that Gods word seemed untrue to him
  • He knew his call was from God 15:16, but the word seemed to him to lie and fail- but he spoke

C. JEREMIAH BECAME A LIVING PARABLE, HIS VERY PERSONAL LIFE SHOWING MAN'S FAILURE AND GOD'S GRACE

  • Jer 16 was the sign of the unmarried prophet- denied the friendship of a human companion
  • Jer 28 Jeremiah wore a yoke like oxen to show what would happen to Israel, and had yoke broken
  • Isa 20:3 Isaiah walked naked and barefoot for God for 3 years- Daniel went captive, Hosea married an unfaithful wife, Ezekiel saw visions- and God still seeks a person to serve Him

II. THE LIMITATIONS ARE TURNED TO GLORY

It will be with the weak that God will confound the mighty- the best example is from the N.T.

A. THE LIMITATIONS THAT JESUS FACED ON THIS EARTH ARE FACED BY EVERYONE THAT FOLLOWS HIM

  • Though He was the Son of God He faced the hatred of the world, misunderstanding- John 15:19
  • Jesus did all He could, and still His disciples fled when He needed them- even slept- lonely
  • At first Jesus was successful with crowds, but then years of barrenness, discouragement

B. THE RESOURCES OF JESUS THAT HELPED HIM ON THIS EARTH ARE ALSO GIVEN TO ANY WHO FOLLOW HIM

  • The peace - "In this world ye shall have pressure" - John 16:33 but "have peace" - I have overcome
  • The power - In all that Jesus, or Jeremiah faced - they had confidence in God - no self-pity
  • The presence - maybe not loved by the world, but by God- & worth it all when we see Jesus

C. THE COMMISSION OF JESUS THAT DROVE HIM FORWARD IS ALSO GIVEN TO ALL

  • "As the Father hath sent me" - John 30:21 God had a job to do, and His Son came into the world to do it
  • "Even so send I you" John 20:21b - study the lives of the prophets, and especially of Jesus- say Me too
  • The promise "Lo I am with you alway" - Matt 28:20b as you "go", the promise is yours

There is no glory greater than knowing that though you are an earthen vessel- you have God

III. THE MESSAGE OF THE PROPHET RINGS CLEAR

The age of Judgment is an age of confusion, but one message rings clear to all who will hear

A. GOD'S WORD BURNED AWAY THE DROSS, AND BURNED ITSELF PURE IN THE HEART OF JEREMIAH  Jer 20:9

  • There were false prophets who seemed right 23:28,36  Some say, I have a dream- others say God's Word
  • Jeremiah had to speak to them, but when he spoke it was not his words, but God's - 28:12,15,16
  • Jeremiah could not stay out of the stocks, prison, or protect himself, but he could speak true

B. THE MESSAGE FROM THE PROPHET OF GOD WAS CLEAR, THERE WAS NO CONFUSION IN WHAT GOD SAID

  • Jer 21:8 - "I set before thee a way of life, or death!" clear-cut - no lack of absolutes in it
  • The word of God plainly declares that there is no other way of salvation but through Jesus
  • Your soul hangs in the balance, and you are personally responsible to God for your actions

C. EVEN WHEN JEREMIAH WAS CARRIED CAPTIVE HE TOLD THEM HOW TO FIND GOD, AND BE SAVED Jer 29:13

  • No matter how low things might sink- how terrible the judgment -there is hope - in God
  • But we must know that the hope is in God, and in God's word- not in man- his plans or words
  • God will be found if we search for Him with all our heart- let this be a light in your heart

There is no confusion or hysteria when you look to Jesus -

WHAT MEN DO WITH THE MESSENGER SHOWS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WITH THE MESSAGE

  • When they afflict God's man, and demand he follow men instead of God, they miss God's salvation
  • But when they listened in spite of afflictions, and hear the message of God- they were saved
  • Temporal salvation from revolution or invasion is not nearly as important as eternal salvation