Demonstrate Your Trust In God      Jer. 7:1-15      March 20, 2005
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    The possibility of demonstrating trust in God obviously requires some visible evidence.
How does one demonstrate trust in God? If we trust God in money matters we will pay the tithe and give as He leads. If we trust God in matters of the talents He gave us; we will dedicate them for His use. If we trust God in matters of time we will serve Him with the time He gives us.

1.    The . . Commission Concerning Demonstrating Trust. 7:1-2

A. The Commissioning As . . A Word from God. v 1
    1 [This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:

B.    The Commissioning About the . . Worship of God. v 2
2 "Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord and there call out this word: Hear the word of the Lord, all [you people] of Judah who enter through these gates to worship the Lord.

    Jeremiah's ministry included telling people what God told him. All ministers desiring to serve the Lord must present a message that at times confronts the lifestyles of the people. God told Jeremiah to stand at the gate of the Temple to declare His word. Many of the people came to worship simply because they had the habit. True worship centers in God, and His Word but their thoughts were far from Him. I had a man tell me "I used to come to worship because I enjoyed going out to eat with friends after church." Thankfully that man experienced personal revival, and looked forward to worship centered around God, and His Word.

2.    The . . Change Concerning Demonstrating Trust. 7:3-6

A. The Change Related to . . Ways. v 3
    3 "This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Correct your ways and your deeds, and I will allow you to live in this place.

B.    The Change Related to . . Words. v 4
    4 Do not trust deceitful words, chanting: This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.

C.    The Change Related to . . Works. v 5-6
    5 Instead, if you really change your ways and your actions, if you act justly toward one another, 6 if you no longer oppress the alien, the fatherless, and the widow and no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow other gods, bringing harm on yourselves,

    God desired the ways of His people to change, and promised a blessing if they did. He wanted their words to move from being just talk to becoming words that agreed with their actions. The Lord shared some specific ways their works could change. These works centered in the worship of Him and opposed following other gods. Note they utter The Temple of the Lord three times in verse four, as if it were a good luck charm.

3.    The . . Commentary Concerning Demonstrating Trust. 7:7-11

A. The . . Promise of the Commentary. 7:7
    7 I will allow you to live in this place, the land I gave to your ancestors forever and ever.

B.    The . . Problem in the Commentary. 7:8-10
    8 [But] look, you keep trusting in deceitful words that cannot help. 9 "Do you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known? 10 Then do you come and stand before Me in this house called by My name and insist: We are safe? As a result, you are free to continue doing all these detestable acts!

C.    The . . Perception of the Commentary. 7:11
    11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your view? Yes, I too have seen [it]." [This is] the Lord's declaration.

    If these people are going to demonstrate trust in God they need to hear the promises in His commentary to them. He will be their God and allow them to enjoy the promises He gave their fathers. A problem exists as the people utter words that are lies. They speak one way but act another. They claimed the blessings of God because of His part of the covenant but neglected their part of the covenant. The house of worship had become a den of robbers. They were more concerned about making money from the necessities of worship then the experience of worship. God's perception saw through their hypocrisy, and He certainly can see through any of ours.

4.    The . . Condemnation Concerning Demonstrating Trust. 7:12-15

A. The Condemnation . . Provided from the Past. 7:12
    12 "But return to My place that was at Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at first. See
what I did to it because of the evil of My people Israel.

B.    The Condemnation . . Promised for the Immediate Future. 7:13-15
    13 Now, because you have done all these things"-- [this is] the Lord's declaration--"and because I have spoken to you time and time again but you wouldn't listen, and I have called to you, but you wouldn't answer, 14 what I did to Shiloh I will do to the house that is called by My name--the house in which you trust--the place that I gave you and your ancestors. 15 I will drive you from My presence, just as I drove out all of your brothers, all the descendants of Ephraim.

    In the past God promised to destroy cities and worship places, and He calls attention to His past action in Shiloh. He kept His Word. As we look at the past we see how God judged His people. The text reminds us how God made a promise of judgment to His unfaithful children, and we know it came to pass in the Babylonian Captivity. Do we have any right to expect God to withhold His judgment today if we neglect to demonstrate our trust in Him? I think not. Amen? Amen