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Sermon #5307

The Message for Today

A Sermon on Jeremiah 36:2-3


Jeremiah 36:2-3 ESV KJV
“Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the …

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Sermon Description

Turning away from God has terrible consequences. Look no further than the Old Testament to see how the Israelites turned away from God and suffered terrible disaster. In this sermon on Jeremiah 36:2-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the need for all men to turn to God, and the consequences of not doing so. The Israelites had been delivered out of bondage and were in a special relationship with God, yet they rebelled and turned away from Him. Because of this, God brought judgement upon them as punishment for their sins. You may ask: what does this have to do with me? The answer is that Israel was like all men, living in sin and rebellion against God. Fallen humans naturally love sin more than they love God. Yet God has provided salvation and true forgiveness through Jesus Christ! No one is beyond salvation and redemption from all sin and evil. God has made a way for all the wayward and lost to be found. Do you trust in this Gospel? Or are you like the ancient Israelites, lost and wandering away from God?

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by introducing the passage from Jeremiah 36 which describes King Jehoiakim burning the scroll containing Jeremiah's prophecies.
  2. The sermon's theme is examining how people confront difficult circumstances and situations in the world. The sermon looks at how people react to God's word and message in the midst of crisis.
  3. The first point is that God's message to humanity condemns sin and iniquity which is the root cause of humanity's problems. God also threatens punishment for sin.
  4. However, God calls people to repentance and offers forgiveness. The condition for forgiveness is repentance - acknowledging sin, confessing it and turning to God.
  5. Jeremiah was the last prophet sent by God to warn Israel before the Babylonian exile. He warned them for 22 years but the king responded by burning the scroll containing the prophecies.
  6. The king's reaction is a portrayal of the modern world's reaction to God's word. People today ignore, ridicule and reject God's word.
  7. The message of the Bible is the same today as in Jeremiah's time. It calls people to turn from sin to God.
  8. The king's reaction was not due to lack of intellect but rather due to pride, hatred of God and love of sin. People today react the same way by rejecting God's authority and word.
  9. The king's actions were foolish and futile. God and his word remain unchanged. Evil actions still lead to consequences. Death still comes to all. God will still judge the world.
  10. God's prophecies always come to pass. The king's defiance of God only brought him more trouble. Rejecting God's word today only brings more trouble.
  11. People should listen to God's word because it is God's message, it is right and true, it offers forgiveness and salvation, and rejecting it is inexcusable.

Old Testament

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.