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Stay True       Jer. 35:1-2, 5-8a,12-14, 17a, 18-19       Aug. 07, 2011


Introduction

       This study gives us a biblical example of people who held firm to some principles and beliefs they promised to keep. Our world needs more people who with such comment to Stay True.


 

1.   Stay True . . Learn from An Example of Faithfulness. 35:1-2, 5-8a

       A.   Learn from the . . Commands and Traditions of the Family. 35:1-6

       1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of

       Judah, saying, 2 "Go to the house of the Rechabites, speak to them, and bring them into the house of the

       LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink." 5 Then I set before the sons of the house

       of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, "Drink wine."

       6 But they said, "We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying,

       'You shall drink no wine, you nor your sons, forever.

 

      B.   Learn from the . . Charge given from the Fathers. 35:7-8 

7 You shall not build a house, sow seed, plant a vineyard, nor have any of these; but all your days you shall

       dwell in tents, that you may live many days in the land where you are sojourners.' 8 Thus we have obeyed

       the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he charged us, to drink no wine all our days,

       we, our wives, our sons, or our daughters,


       If you learned in your family structure some beliefs customs and commitments to righteous practices you are blessed. The Rechabites serve as such an example. The Father served as a man of influence. Many children today do not have a father in the home much less one who desires to serve as an example and challenges his children to live a righteous lifestyle and lives as an example of it in their presence. In my home my father was an alcoholic and served as a poor example. I desired to be a good father and through the Lord’s help and the strength He gave and what I gained from the church and the Bible I became an example to my children. My wife and I both can say we gained from our mother’s who desired to set a good example.


 

2.   Stay True . . Learn from Examples of Unfaithfulness. 35:12-14

       A.   Learn by not . . Discrediting A Good Example. 35:12-13-14a

12 Then came the word of the LORD to Jeremiah, saying, 13 "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of

       Israel: 'Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, "Will you not receive instruction to

       obey My words?" says the LORD. 14 "The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, which he commanded his

       sons, not to drink wine, are performed; for to this day they drink none, and obey their father's

       commandment.”

 

       B.   Learn from those who . . Disobeyed. 35:14b

“. . . But although I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, you did not obey Me.


       God desired to use the example of the Rechabites to help His people to see and follow such an example of obedience. Basically God set these people in front of the faithful people and asked if the Rechabites followed their fathers wishes why couldn’t his people follow Him. His people were discrediting and disobeying His laws and any good example. We have some similar examples today and that is so sad to see. My Mom used to say there is no fool like an old fool. A person who knows about good instruction but decides to follow what they consider the pleasures of sin will never please God.


 

 

3.   Stay True . . Learn from the Consequences of Unfaithfulness. 35:17a

       A.   Learn from the Consequences of not obeying the Lord’s . . Statements. 35:17a1

17 Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the doom that I have pronounced against them; . . .”

 

       B.   Learn from the Consequences of . . Snubbing the Lords Word. 35:17b2

“. . . because I have spoken to them but they have not heard, and I have called to them but they have not answered.' "


       The Lord made several statements He expected the people to follow but the people did not obey. If we hear and know what the Lord wants we need to submit. This is especially true because we are His children and

other people watch our example. I am sure this happened back in Jeremiah’s day and people would know what the Lord expected; even the Gentiles would be aware of what the Jews were supposed to do. They probably made criticism of them for not being obedient to their Lord. Those kind of actions always hurt our influence.

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4.   Stay True . . Learn from the Rewards of Faithfulness. 35:18-19

       A.   Learn from the Rewards . . Promised. 35:18

       18 And Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 

       Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts and done

       according to all that he commanded you,

 

       B.   Learn from the Rewards . . Procured. 35:19

19 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me forever. "


       I have not knowingly obeyed the Lord just because a reward was promised. I want to serve and obey the Lord just because that is what He has asked me to do. But since He promised some rewards I think it will be enjoyable to receive them and have them for eternity. One commentator says there are some who believe these Rechabites still exist in some areas of the middle East. If that is true and we could find them I would love to talk with them. Faithfulness is always beautiful to behold. We have two 90 year old ladies who attend all three services of our church: what an example! They certainly demonstrate the life of those who Stay True. Amen? Amen!