Names Written in the Earth
A Sermon on Jeremiah 17:13
O LORD, the hope of Israel,
all who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth,
for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water. (ESV)
In this sermon on Jeremiah 17:13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes a clear and bold statement: sin is deliberate! When you sin you know that you are rebelling against a holy God. Man lived with God in the garden and knew God personally. It was in this state, Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues, that mankind knowingly disobeyed God. Moreover, circumstances now remind us of God when we have put Him out our minds. Take for example those who are faced with death or suffering: how often do you hear the unbeliever praying out of last resort when they suffer greatly? When this happens, it shows the world that they knew all along that God is sovereign and even still they rebel. Dr. Lloyd-Jones elaborates that not only does man rebel against God deliberately, he does so while God is providing breath to his lungs and sustenance to his bones. It was not in a desert and famine that man originally opposed God, but rather it was in paradise that man first rebelled against his Creator. Similarly, if you are able to rebel against and curse God right now, it is only because he has put air in your lungs and sustained you up to this very moment!
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.