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A Sermon on Jeremiah 2:26-28

“As a thief is shamed when caught,
so the house of Israel shall be shamed:
they, their kings, their officials,
their priests, and their prophets,
who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’
and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
For they have turned their back to me,
and not their face.
But in the time of their trouble they say,
‘Arise and save us!’
But where are your gods
that you made for yourself?
Let them arise, if they can save you,
in your time of trouble;
for as many as your cities
are your gods, O Judah. (ESV)

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What can cause people to fall into unutterable folly? God calls these people to think and consider. Compare and contrast religions — in what are you trusting? How do you prepare for eternity? A man’s religion is his working philosophy, the thing he rests upon, and the thing he gives himself up for. In this sermon on Jeremiah 2:26-28, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the marks of false religion in regards to three questions. Look at the nature and character of the god(s) being worshipped. Take a look at contemporary history and the gods of this present age. Do not test your religion when everything is going well; look at the day when the sun is not shining and you are in trouble! Can your God save you? A false religion will always be found out. Find answers for the problem of guilt and death. Learn about what Christ did and those who opposed Him. Christ came to die so that men can live. Comfort will only come through Him. We might be perplexed, but we do not need to despair. Lean on the promises of God and find great life! Absolutely nothing can separate you from God. Realize your folly and turn to Him. Enter into His eternal glory.

Additional Scripture Translations

Jeremiah 2:26-28, New American Standard Bible

26“Like the shame of a thief when he is discovered,

So the house of Israel is shamed;

They, their kings, their leaders,

Their priests, and their prophets,

27Who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’

And to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’

For they have turned their backs to Me,

And not their faces;

But in the time of their trouble they will say,

‘Arise and save us!’

28But where are your gods

Which you made for yourself?

Let them arise, if they can save you

In the time of your trouble!

For as many as the number of your cities

Are your gods, Judah.

Jeremiah 2:26-28, King James Version

26As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 27Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. 28But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

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.