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Wandering from the Highway

Old Testament

A Sermon on Jeremiah 31:21

“Set up road markers for yourself;
make yourself guideposts;
consider well the highway,
the road by which you went.
Return, O virgin Israel,
return to these your cities. (ESV)

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Are you unhappy in your Christian life? Maybe you feel as though you are not receiving the Lord’s blessing as you once have. Jeremiah was a prophet to the people of Israel who were unhappy in their captivity in Babylon. In this sermon on Jeremiah 31:21, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones introduces his audience to the concept of “backsliding” from the Bible, and how the Christian can find his or her way back to blessing. Dr. Lloyd-Jones maintains that God chastises His people and gives them reliable instruction in order to drive them back to Himself. Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses repentance, the first great essential, and the various marks of true repentance. We realize we have sinned, we realize the folly of struggling against God, we realize the depth of our sin nature, and we cast ourselves utterly into the hands of God. Are you in this place of repentance? Dr. Lloyd-Jones charges his listeners to repent and set their hearts toward the highway. There is only one highway; it is spacious, and it leads to God. Seek God along the highway, and look back so as to learn by self-examination where you went wrong. Will you set your heart toward the highway today?

Additional Scripture Translations

Jeremiah 31:21, New American Standard Bible

21“Set up roadmarks for yourself,

Place guideposts for yourself;

Direct your mind to the highway,

The way by which you went.

Return, O virgin of Israel,

Return to these your cities.

Jeremiah 31:21, King James Version

21Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.

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.