God; Our Sanctuary
A Sermon on Jeremiah 17:12
12¶A glorious throne on high from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.
12¶ A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.
Where does one find sanctuary? In this sermon on Jeremiah 17:12 titled “God, Our Sanctuary,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones urges the listener to turn away from the idolatrous notion that anyone can create glory for themselves completely separate from God, and to cling to the infinitely glorious reality that God is the sanctuary if anyone turns 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 God, their sanctuary on high. Dr. Lloyd-Jones likens this to the current situation with 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. Where is this sanctuary and where can it be found? It is found in the cross of Christ where the Prince of Glory died that sins might be forgiven and where God’s holy, righteous justice was satisfied in the death of His Son.
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.