Sermon Audio – Jeremiah 29:11 In Context

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

 

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most loved verses in the Bible yet very few understand the intriguing context that surrounds the verse. When properly understood in context this beautiful verse takes on even greater meaning.

Outline of Jeremiah 29
Jeremiah 29:1-23 – Letter 1 – Jeremiah writes from Jerusalem to the exiles in Babylon
Jeremiah 29:24-28 – Letter 2 – In response to Jeremiah’s letter Shemaiah writes from Babylon to the people and priests in Jerusalem
Jeremiah 29:29-32 – Letter 3 – Jeremiah responds to the exiles in Babylon condemning Shemiah as a false prophet

Also referred in this sermon: Daniel 9:1-5

 


This sermon was originally recorded at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA on May 23, 2015.

 

 

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Jottings – Obviously God Is Not Through With The Nation Israel

God is not through with the nation Israel


Commenting on Jeremiah 23:7-8 ~~

 

This is one of the most remarkable prophecies in the Word of God. The oldest religious holiday celebrated today is the Jewish Passover. Regardless of whether the Jew is reformed or orthodox, he remembers the Passover, because it is the celebration of the miraculous deliverance of the Jews out of Egypt. Now God is saying, “The day is coming when I will bring them back into their land that they will forget the deliverance out of Egypt and they will remember this new deliverance which I intend to accomplish.” It will be that tremendous! Obviously God is not through with the nation Israel, my friend.

 

McGee, J. Vernon. Thru the Bible Commentary: The Prophets (Jeremiah/Lamentations). electronic ed. Vol. 24. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991. Print.

 

 

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Jottings – That Which Gives The Evangelist Power and Effect

Surely it is this which gives power and effect to the evangelist. His heart is touched with the love of God to sinners; his conception of it may be small, but it is real!

Commenting on Jeremiah 13:1-11 ~~

“Surely it is this which gives power and effect to the evangelist. His heart is touched with the love of God to sinners; his conception of it may be small, but it is real!”

 

Stoney, James B. Discipline in the School of God: Its Nature and Effect. Chessington, Surrey, England: Bible and Gospel Trust, Reprinted 2010. page 256. Print. J.B.S. New Series Vol 13.

 

 

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Jottings – He Helps Fully When He Is Leant On Fully

The sense of powerlessness avails nothing in itself, but when it is felt in the presence of the Lord's assured help, it casts the servant fully on Him, and He helps fully when He is leant on fully.

Commenting on Jeremiah 1:6 ~~

“The sense of powerlessness avails nothing in itself, but when it is felt in the presence of the Lord’s assured help, it casts the servant fully on Him, and He helps fully when He is leant on fully.”

 

Stoney, James B. Discipline in the School of God: Its Nature and Effect. Chessington, Surrey, England: Bible and Gospel Trust, Reprinted 2010. page 253. Print. J.B.S. New Series Vol 13.

 

 

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Jottings – The Devil Says Do It! Get It Out of Your System

The Devil says do it

Commenting on Jeremiah 13:21 ~~

“Habits — ingrained habits — how hard they are to break! Because what happens is, it becomes a part of you and its not easy. You see, the devil says to you, ‘go ahead and do it and get it OUT of your system.’ But you do it and get it INTO your system. And the more you do it the more it becomes a way of life until eventually you say, ‘Well, I just can’t break this habit!'”

 

Nicholson, J B, Jr. “Jeremiah The Prophet Who Weeps – part 2.” Northside Chapel Conference. n.d., n.p. Address. Available here at the 54:38 mark. Accessed on September 21, 2014

 

 

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Jottings – Who’s Crying Now?

Like Jesus and Paul, Jeremiah wept over the sad spiritual condition of the people... it’s unusual today to find tears either in the pulpit or the pews.

Commenting on Jeremiah 9:1-6 ~~

“Like Jesus (Luke 19:41) and Paul (Rom. 9:1–5), Jeremiah wept over the sad spiritual condition of the people, and this is one reason he’s known as “the weeping prophet” (see Jer. 9:18; 10:19; 13:17; 14:17; Lam. 1:16; 2:11, 18; 3:48). It’s unusual today to find tears either in the pulpit or the pews; the emphasis seems to be on enjoyment. Instead of evangelists and revivalists, the church now has “religious comedians” who apparently have never read James 4:9–10.”

 

Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be Decisive (p. 48). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

 

 

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Jottings – Faux Walls of The Church

Faux Walls of The Church


Commenting on Jeremiah 5:10 (but making application to the church):

“God’s church is very fond of building walls which her God has not sanctioned. She is not content to trust in the arm of God, but she will add thereto some extraneous help which God utterly abhors… his people are not content with God’s being round about them; they seek some other protection. The church has very often gone to king Jareb for help, or to the world for aid; and then God has said to her enemies, ‘Go ye up against her; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord’s. She shall not have them. I am her battlement. She is to have none other.’”

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Storming The Battlements,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. I. Originally preached on September 16, 1855. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1855), p. 294.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Kindness of God

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Commenting on Jeremiah 10 and preceding chapters:

“…the repetition of God’s pleadings with Israel… is the most touching proof of the kindness of God, who multiplies His appeals to a rebellious and perverse people… ”

 

J N Darby, “Synopsis of The Books of The Bible: Jeremiah” Accessed electronically on 9/16/14 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/synopsis/jeremiah/jeremiah10.html

 

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Jottings – False Doctrine

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Commenting on Jeremiah 31:29-30 & Ezekiel 18:2-4 “Nothing can be more disastrous in its effect upon men than a false doctrine; that is, a misinterpretation of what God has said to men, resulting as it must in a false conception of God and of man’s relation to Him.”

 

G. Campbell Morgan. Westminster Pulpit, Vol. I. Sermon 59 – Jeremiah 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:2-4 Sour Grapes. Originally published 1915. Digital edition.

 

 

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Jottings – Where To Find Sanctuary

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Commenting on Jeremiah 17:12 “It was the conviction that the throne of God is a sanctuary, that if a man would find sanctuary he must find the throne; if a man would find the place of refuge, of quietness, of peace in the midst of trouble and turmoil and distress, he is not to seek it by the way of asking for a solution, but by putting his life into right relationship with the established throne of the abiding government of God.”

 

G. Campbell Morgan. Westminster Pulpit, Vol. I. Sermon 57 – Jeremiah 17:12 Sanctuary. Originally published 1915. Digital edition.

 

 

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