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Submit To Divine Discipline       Jer. 19:3-6; 21:1-5, 11-12      July 10, 2011


Introduction 

       When one of us realizes we do not have the knowledge in a particular field we seek out someone who can share that information. Why don’t people seek Gods instruction? If we fail to seek and submit to His Instruction we will certainly have to Submit To Divine Discipline. 

 

1.   Divine Discipline Because of . . Spiritual Unfaithfulness. 19:3-6

      A.   Spiritual Unfaithfulness In . . Abandoning The Commands of the Lord. 19:3-4

3 Say: Hear the word of the LORD, kings of Judah and residents of Jerusalem. This is what the LORD of

       Hosts, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on this place that everyone who hears about

       it will shudder 4 because they have abandoned Me and made this a foreign place. They have burned

       incense in it to other gods that they, their fathers, and the kings of Judah have never known. They have

       filled this place with the blood of the innocent.

 

       B.   Spiritual Unfaithfulness In . . Affronting The Ways of the Lord. 19:5-6

5 They have built high places to Baal on which to burn their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, something I have never commanded or mentioned; I never entertained the thought. 6 “Therefore, take note! The days are coming”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“when this place will no longer be called Topheth and the Valley of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.


       Most people do not want to think about divine discipline. The popular theory is of a Loving Old Grandpa

God who never corrects or disciplines. He is an all loving God. The text tells us God may choose to discipline because of His people abandoning His commands. Not only did they turn their backs on the laws of God but affronted Him by going after other gods who are not gods at all. Because of these actions God promised the favored City of Jerusalem would be filled with the blood of the innocent and further be known as the Valley of Slaughter. That is hard to believe; but it happened. Can America’s cities be turned to waste lands? If you ask those who experienced some of the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001; you will get a sad affirmation to that possibility.

 

2.   Divine Discipline Because of . . Spiritual Blindness. 21:1-5

       A.   Spiritual Blindness . . Revealed In their Request of Jeremiah. 21:1-3

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of

       Malchijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah, asking, 2 “Ask the LORD on our behalf,

       since Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will perform for us

       something like all His past wonderful works so that Nebuchadnezzar will withdraw from us.” 3 But

       Jeremiah answered, “This is what you are to say to Zedekiah:

 

       B.   Spiritual Blindness Caused . . Refusal of their Request By God. 21:4-5

4 ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will repel the weapons of war in your hands, those you

       are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall, and I will

       bring them into the center of this city. 5 I will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty

       arm, with anger, rage, and great wrath.


       Do you know God gives spiritual sight to His people? Godless people will be spiritually blind and can and do ask the most ridiculous request at times. In the text we have an example as King Zedekiah sent his messenger to ask a question of the Lord through Jeremiah. When people do not have any spiritual insight they think every thing can be turned to their favor. This is true even if it means others will be harmed. Note the one with spiritual insight did not hesitate to respond with spiritual depth in the reverse of what was requested. God simply refused to help Zedekiah and said He would repel the weapons he planned to use against Babylon. In detail God promised to fight against them with a mighty arm. Certainly not what those spiritually blind desires.

 

3.   Divine Discipline Because of . . Social Injustice. 21:11-12 .

       A.   Social Injustice Receives A . . Call for A Word from the Lord. 21:11

       11 “And to the house of the king of Judah say this: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!

 

       B.   Social Injustice Receives A . . Commitment from the Lord. 21:12

12 House of David, this is what the LORD says: Administer justice every morning, and rescue the victim

       of robbery from the hand of his oppressor, or My anger will flare up like fire and burn unquenchably

       because of their evil deeds.


       Most people can be judgmental about social injustice . Many will never believe their actions could be described as social injustice. But we are not the judge, God is; and if we look at His word related to this kind of injustice we may discover we are guilty. Do some racial groups in your area get treated differently because of color or nationality? In the text the Lord is very clear to promise His judgement. We must be ready to lead by example and personal concern to correct any social injustices we may see. Sometimes people get so used to mistreating certain classes or groups their eyes are blinded to the injustice. We must be willing to Submit To Divine Discipline when those cases are brought to our attention. Amen? Amen!