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God; Our Sanctuary

Old Testament

A Sermon on Jeremiah 17:12

A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary. (ESV)

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Where do you find sanctuary? What are you looking for in this world? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explores Jeremiah 17:12 and urges the listener to turn away from the idolatrous notion that we can create glory for ourselves completely separated from God, and to cling to the infinitely glorious reality that God is our sanctuary if we will but turn to Him. In the book of Jeremiah, the people of God find themselves in the pit of trouble and disaster as they sink themselves further into idolatry and away from God. Jeremiah, the prophet, is calling out to them to return in obedience to their sanctuary on high – to God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones likens this to our current situation. People enthroning themselves on the idea and hope that they can seek and ascertain glory in their vain attempts to achieve monetary gain and societal approval. Dr. Lloyd-Jones beseeches the listener to lay down this foolish notion and find refuge instead in the glorious sanctuary on high. And where is this sanctuary? Where do you find it? We find it in the cross of Christ where the Prince of Glory died that our sins might be forgiven. Where God’s holy, righteous justice was satisfied in the death of His Son. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Jeremiah 17:12, New American Standard Bible

12A glorious throne on high from the beginning

Is the place of our sanctuary.

Jeremiah 17:12, King James Version

12¶ A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.