Thus Saith the Lord
A Sermon on Jeremiah 17:5-8Read more
Why is it that in the modern day, with all the technological achievements, humanity still faces the same problems it did three thousand years ago? It is apparent that humankind is sick with a disease, with every generation promising a utopian future. All are still in a cycle of death, injustice, and social ills. In order to treat this disease, one must have a proper diagnosis of what it is. In this sermon on Isaiah 1:5–6 titled “Thus Saith the Lord,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones reveals through Scripture that the sickness is much worse than one thought. It is one that affects every capacity of every man, woman, and child. As a good doctor would, Dr. Lloyd-Jones does not leave the listener without hope and nor does the Bible. The listener will hear of this disease, but also will also hear of the great news that there is a cure, and it will remedy humanity’s greatest need.
Additional Scripture Translations
Jeremiah 17:5-8, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6For he will be like a bush in the desert,
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt that is not inhabited.
7Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose trust is the Lord.
8For he will be like a tree planted by the water
That extends its roots by a stream,
And does not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought,
Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:5-8, King James Version (KJV)
5¶ Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
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.