LCMS Sermons - Pastor Robin Fish Sermon on Jeremiah 23:5-6. Thus the Word of God, with all its doctrines, promises, and threatenings — in all its discoveries of truth, and sublime revelations of the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, is fitted to make deep and abiding impressions on the mind, and to subdue the soul. The Full Measure of Christ. - M. 1. Lord, thank you for your loving care of us. II. Boycott The National Day of Prayer It Is Bringing In The World Church !! The Word is the instrument which Ha always uses, and none other, wielding it like a hammer, to smite the human heart. Perhaps another says, "I have lost so much of my comfort, and assurance, and joy, that I feel as if I had grown quite cold and hard and insensible." While Zedekiah’s name means “myrighteousness is the LORD,” his reign was far from righteous. Whether you believe it or not, it is done. Shawn Thomas says: 2019/02/20 at 6:38 pm. by Rick Ezell on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM . During the course of this year we have gone through the cycle of Jesus’ life and ministry and we now crown him King of kings and Lord of lords. In this case, it is very subtle. “For in him all the Zedekiah (ruled 597-587 BCE; Jeremiah 21:3-7). God called that “robbing” Him, in Malachi 3. Conclusion — Thank God for this fire and hammer! Their offering was one of the measures of faith and of faithfulness. We can exercise patience with our brothers and sisters in Christ, or we can be demanding and judging. Well, Tuesday morning she had the remote last. Is not My Word like as a fire? Now is it beginning to make more sense to you? A large part of God's Word is taken up with the revelation of His law, and you cannot fully preach the Gospel if you do not proclaim the law of the Lord. These rocks may be made useful Rock is valuable in many ways: it girds the seacoast and stops the encroachment of the waters; it is the best foundation for the friendly lighthouse; it gives us the most solid and the most beautiful of buildings. His death was the death that you and I have earned. Each heart has many parts and many avenues. At least, that is not how they feel. The Righteous Branch has been raised up. He isn’t any fun at all. He uses the hammer of the Word in order to drive home truth, "as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.". But the point is that things were always coming. 1. There is such sweetness in it, there is such power in it, that in a short time you shall have beauty instead of ashes, and songs instead of sighs. God confronts despair, announcing that there will be a ruler rightly called “the LORD is our righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). Now put the two together, — the fire and the hammer, — and you will see how God makes His servants who are to be instruments for His use. Just before I came to the office for work, she mentioned how one police detective was quoted as saying that he suspected a son killed his mother because he didn’t show a proper level of grief. Because, for some reason, this image in Jeremiah just kept coming back at me and wouldn’t let me go. At the very least, the faithful would have read these words as promising the coming of the Messiah, which they would have (and did) invest with all sorts of military and nationalistic meaning. He has accomplished all the saving and the peace and justice that He promised to do. It’s going to get a whole lot worse, the prophet tells his people, before it gets any better. We surely may. •he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything Then He takes us out of the fire, and welds us with hammer-strokes such as only He can give, till He has made us fit instruments for His use; and He goes forth to His sacred work of conquering the multitudes, having in His hands the polished shafts that He has forged with the fire and the hammer of His Word. Take a SurveyHelp support this site: The prophet paints a picture of a loving, if not stubborn, God who seeks after his people and, like that image from the prophet’s words did to me, won’t let them go. Oh, how I wish I could recapture that feeling today! 1. They were telling the Children of Israel that the promise of God of salvation, of the Messiah, and of peace and justice were coming. Hath the fire a purifying energy? He paid the price and served out our sentence under the justice of God. It has also hardness; it will not yield to the stone; it has a peculiar shape and this gives it power. 4. But if you cannot bring yourself to speak of Jesus, forgiveness, life and salvation, then you probably don’t really believe in heaven or hell. How strange that shepherding would be such a lowly profession, yet it was the way God, through the prophet Jeremiah, described the king. The Community of the King: Humility and Forgiveness (Matt. In these verses, through judgment and promise God announces “regime change” in Judah. Each one challenges us to faith or fear, faithfulness or pragmatism, to trusting God and doing things His way, or trusting our own judgment and doing things in ways contrary to God’s ways. Who that knows his own soul can gainsay this? Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. Like the luxuriant growth of the prairies, they must be burned down to the root before the soil can be cultivated. That’s what Paul does with this portion of his epistle to the Colossians. I am a relatively new subscriber and have found your site one of the most provocative resources that get the juices flowing.”. The days are here! The heart that is struck may not yield even year after year, but it will yield at last. That is how He did justice. 2. Lots of them did not trust God. We have forgiveness. Judah’s experience with bad shepherding — as well as our own — can foster cynicism about leaders. Divine judgment is presented as a necessary response to an intolerable situation. If you will, I think you will find there is no irony in that. But, when the human heart is thus compared to a stone, and in our text, to a rock, what do we exactly understand by the comparison? This “righteous Branch” (Jeremiah 23:5, see also Jeremiah 33:14-16) is not identified. The days are coming! We still await the day when our outward experience matches the truth of our salvation. •the firstborn of all creation, for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or power ILLUSTRATE THIS STATEMENT by noticing certain parts of God's Word which have, to our personal knowledge, operated both as a fire and a hammer upon the hearts of men. "Is not My Word like as a fire, saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?". Jeremiah 9:23 This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor the strong man in his strength, nor the wealthy man in his riches. We celebrate them for devotional purposes and, as Luther said, for good order, not because we must. Just this week, Janet and I were talking about how people grieve in different ways, at least in the way they show their grief. There is no “if” about the payment. The prophet said, “The days are coming.” I say that the days are here! If you’re going to have a party – like a wedding feast – you won’t be inviting a shepherd, let me tell you. “Thank you, Dick for the work that you do. We can give to God or give to perceived needs and budget requirements of the congregation. “The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch…”. When it first comes into a district, it finds people indifferent to it; but possibly it begins by burning up some one of their vices. While Zedekiah’s name means “my righteousness is the LORD,” his reign was far from righteous. We have no laws about which day we must worship or whether we can work on a Sunday, or such. Efforts after novelty and strangeness generally ensue; and these are condemned by the Word of God (vers. Jesus was not merely righteous, He did righteousness. Men will never receive the balm of the Gospel unless they know something of the wounds that sin hath made. If you don’t believe me, believe Jeremiah. His throne was the cross. II. So hath the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Of course, in the course of living a perfect life, all that Jesus did was righteousness. (1) You who are the people of God must often have felt greatly comforted, encouraged, and cheered, when you have been hearing the Gospel, just as when, on a cold day, and you are half benumbed, if your eyes arc blindfolded you know when you are coming near a fire by the genial glow which you feel You delight yourself in the Word of the Lord as you warm your hands at a bright cheery fire.


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