Did you ever hear the saying Christians make the best, and worst, examples of Christianity? I think one
reason that is true rests with a Christian=s obedience to God=s truth. Poor examples come from a failure to live according to God=s truth. So the lesson asks the question; Do You Live According To God=s Truth?
1. Live According To God=s Truth . . Reject Self Deception. 28:14-15
A. Reject the Self Deception of . . Mockers. 28:14
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you mockers who rule this people in Jerusalem.
B. Reject the Self Deception of . . Misbegotten Deals. 28:15
15 For you said, AWe have cut a deal with Death, and we have made an agreement with Sheol; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, it will not touch us, because we have made falsehood our refuge and have hidden behind treachery.@
These people believed mockers, and their misbegotten deals, rather than the Word of God. Mockers ruled the people, and we must ask how did that happen? How do people who mock the Word of God get in power today?
Some people go to vote without any consideration of what a candidate thinks about God. Do people today make misbegotten deals with death and falsehood. Should we encourage godly men and women to enter the political arena?
2. Live According To God=s Truth . . Rely on God=s Foundation. 28:16-18
A. Rely on God=s Foundation of the . . Precious Cornerstone. 28:16
16 Therefore the Lord God said: ALook, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable.
B. Rely on God=s Foundation of the . . Prophetic Communication. 28:17-18
17 And I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the mason=s level.@ Hail will sweep away the false refuge, and water will flood your hiding place. 18 Your deal with Death will be dissolved, and your agreement with Sheol will not last. When the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be trampled
The Psalmist said, AIf the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:4 KJV)
We can return to relying on the foundations of God. We can do our best to make sure our influence emphasizes Christ, the Cornerstone for all nations. God established this principal many years ago, and any nation trying to follow His principals for righteousness will make significant progress. The people in our text also received a fortification to God=s foundation from a prophetic word. The people wanted to silence these prophets. Have you noticed some today would like to silence the strong preaching of godly ministers.
3. Live According To God=s Truth . . Receive God=s Message. 30:12-17
A. Revive God=s Message and the . . Projections of It. 30:12-14
12 Therefore the Holy One of Israel says: ABecause you have rejected this message and have
trusted in oppression and deceit, and have depended on them, 13 this iniquity of yours will be like a
spreading breach, a bulge in a high wall whose collapse will come very suddenly. 14 Its collapse will be
like the shattering of a potter=s jar, crushed to pieces, so that not even a fragment of pottery will be
found among its shattered remainsC no fragment large enough to take fire from a hearth or scoop water
from a cistern.@
B. Revive God=s Message and the . . Promises Of It. 30:15-17
15 For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: AYou will be delivered by returning and
resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence. But you are not willing.@ 16 You say, ANo! We will
escape on horses@C therefore you will escape!C and, AWe will ride on fast horses@C but those who
pursue you will be faster. 17 One thousand [will flee] at the threat of one, at the threat of five you will
flee, until you alone remain like a [solitary] pole on a mountaintop or a banner on a hill.
I like the song titled, ARevival Can Happen.@ A revival where God=s people return to Him in full obedience will cause a multitude of people to pay attention to the projections of God=s Word. In our text, God projected calamity for this disobedient people. This projection of calamity came true. It is a sad experience for Judah; and other nations can learn from it. Perhaps you have heard the statement Aone lesson we learn from history is that we never seem to learn from history.@ These people received the promise of blessing if they returned to Him but they Awere not willing.@ The sadness of those words echo even today, and because of their rejection God gave some promises. They needed to look at the judgement God promised for disobedient people, and they did not.
4. Live According To God=s Truth . . Rest In His Mercy. 30:18
A. Rest In His Mercy He Is . . Waiting To Show. 30:18a
18 Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, . . .@
B. Rest In His Mercy He Is . . Willing To Share. 30:18b
and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. Happy are all who wait
patiently for Him.
The text says, Athe Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion,. . .@ Can you imagine God waiting to show us mercy? In the Book of Psalms the phrase AHis Mercy endures@ is mentioned 33 times in the KJV. God will discipline, but would much rather show mercy. God is waiting, and willing to show His mercy. We would do well to respond with a positive AYes,@ when asked, Do You Live According To God=s Truth? Amen? Amen!