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Sermon #5295

Thus Saith the Lord

A Sermon on Jeremiah 17:5-8

Scripture

Jeremiah 17:5-8 ESV NASB KJV
Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in …

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Sermon Description

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.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Life must be viewed as a whole rather than in segments. We must consider the overall direction and meaning.
  2. There are two fundamental attitudes in life: trusting in God or trusting in men. These shape our experiences and end.
  3. The difference between these attitudes is vital and essential. It is not vague or indefinite.
  4. We must determine which direction our life is moving: toward blessing or cursing. This is happening now, though we often do not realize it.
  5. There are two authorities in life: God or men. We must choose which one we will listen to.
  6. The message of the Bible is "thus says the Lord." It is God's revelation of truth to mankind.
  7. The Bible reveals God's view of himself, the world, mankind, history, and eternity. We must accept or reject this.
  8. The Bible explains why the world is as it is: because of man's sin and rebellion against God.
  9. God will punish sin. His wrath is upon it. But he has also provided salvation through Jesus Christ.
  10. Christ came to deal with the problem of sin and provide reconciliation to God. He died to ransom us from sin.
  11. There is still time to repent, believe the gospel, and find refuge in Christ. But the world is moving toward disaster.
  12. We must acknowledge our sin, repent, and believe in Christ. Then we will have new life and see things rightly.

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.