A SERMON FROM JEREMIAH
“Then break the jar while those who go with you are watching, and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter’s jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no room.’”
The people of God during the time of Jeremiah had declined spiritually. They had turned away from the God of Israel to other false Gods. They engaged in despicable practices up to and including child sacrifice to pagan idols. Because of this, they had crossed God’s deadline. Their nation of Judah and capital city of Jerusalem were on the path to destruction. So, in Jeremiah chapter 19, the prophet preached a sermon of judgment, culminating in verses 10 and 11, where Jeremiah breaks a pottery jar, illustrating how God was going to smash and destroy the nation of Judah.
1. Why do you think the Lord wanted Jeremiah to illustrate his message so dramatically by breaking a pottery jar in front of the eyes of his listeners?
2. What should hearers of God’s word do when it is revealed that they are transgressing against His will? How should the citizens of Judah and Jerusalem have responded to Jeremiah’s message?
3. Do you think there was any hope for the nation of Judah if they had repented? In your opinion, has anyone today gone so far in sin that they cannot be saved?
1. LISTEN – Listen to the word of God. Even when it “steps on your toes” recognize that God’s message is to ultimately lead to your repentance and salvation.
2. RESPOND – When God speaks to your heart in His word, make sure to respond quickly and sincerely. Be instant in your obedience!
3. FEAR – The Bible says that, “The fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10). Your reverential awe of God should give you a sense of urgency to stay on His side and not live in opposition to Him.
Lord, give me a willing spirit to hear from you, a sensitive heart to respond to you, and a courageous will to stay with you through all the joys, sorrows, temptations, and trials of life. Even when your word reveals and judges my sin, help me to get right and repent rather that to get mad and rebel!