Sermon outline for my message last July 10, 2016 in Bacolod City, Philippines.
Text: Jeremiah 32:36-44
-How do we react to tragedies?
-When tragedy comes, what are your thoughts? When troubles come, what are your fears?
-How do we react if God promises one thing, and what’s happening is the opposite?
-The answers of Jeremiah are a comfort for us too, when we are in deep trouble.
-When troubles come, had God rejected His people?
-When God seems to forget His promises, uncertainties
God has promised to bless Abraham and David, but Israel is in deep ruin. Babylonian Invasion. Their nation and temple is destroyed. War, death, famine abound. His promises to Abraham were:
God’s Covenant to Abraham
Genesis 17:3-8: And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram,[b] butyour name shall be Abraham,[c] for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I willestablish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
-To make him a great nation.
-To bless him and make his name great.
-To be a blessing to the whole world
-To possess the Promised Land
I. The Law and the Covenant
The Mosaic Covenant
Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.
The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth… Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other… There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts. Deuteronomy 28:36–37
When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where He scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and bring you back. Deuteronomy 30:1–4
-God’s Wrath is necessary: Still, God’s wrath must be experienced until the purification of His people had been completed. “In the days to come you will understand this” (v. 24).
Destruction because of the repeated sins of the people.
They provoked the Lord to anger. The only solution was to give them to Babylon, a land of idols. God gives you to the consequences of your actions.
- God’s Answers
- God Reveals a Better Covenant: The New Covenant (Chapter 31:31-34)
- Jeremiah buys a field to demonstrate confidence in God’s promises (32:1-15)
- To reveal the unchanging purposes of God
- Good theology leads to a confident heart
- “house and fields and vineyeards shall again be bought in this land.” (v.15)
- WE BUY LANDS AND INVEST FOR THE COMING WORLD –to show that this world is not our home
- “Nothing is too hard for the Lord” (32:17)
- God shows steadfast love to thousands (v.18) –God hasn’t forgotten
- Steadfast = Unchanging, immovable, steady, certain, consistent, constant, not easily disturbed, unwavering, solid, bato, fixed, does not fluctuate
- Our survival is not based on us, but based on his steadfast love
- Remember God’s history of rescue and faithfulness (v.19-25)
- Beware of forgetfulness
- Count your blessings
- God is sovereign in allowing troubles in our lives (v.26-35)
- Read Text:
PURO “I” – Perseverance til the end is the work of God alone
- He scatters, he gathers (v.36-37)
- God gives safety (v.37)
- He gives our true identity (v.38)
- And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
- God will give us one Heart (v.39)
- -One Focus, all seeking the Lord, call upon the name of the Lord
- -We seek for the joys of the world to come
- One Destination
- Outward direction
- God will cause us to fear him
- For our own good and our family’s good
- It is an everlasting covenant
- God rejoices in doing us good
- God is faithful to plant us
- “with all my heart and soul”
The New Covenant
“The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to My covenant, and I turned away from them,” declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be My people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest. I will forgive their wickedness, and will remember their sins no more.” -Hebrews 8:8–12
Comparing the 3 Covenants