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February 26, 2017
Sermon Notes—"Lord, Have Mercy!"
"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."
Colossians 1:28 (NIV84)
17Gather up your bundle from the ground, O you who dwell under siege! 18For thus says the Lord: "Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and I will bring distress on them, that they may feel it." 19Woe is me because of my hurt! My wound is grievous. But I said, "Truly this is an affliction, and I must bear it." 20My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken; my children have gone from me, and they are not; there is no one to spread my tent again and to set up my curtains. 21For the shepherds are stupid and do not inquire of the Lord; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered. 22A voice, a rumor! Behold, it comes!— a great commotion out of the north country to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a lair of jackals. 23I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. 24Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. 25Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not, and on the peoples that call not on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation. Jeremiah 10:17–25 (ESV)
The Babylonian army is steadily advancing towards Jerusalem and has already overrun smaller towns in the outskirts of Judah.
God laid the blame at the feet of Jerusalem's POLITICAL and SPIRITUAL LEADERS.
9 The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken; behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, so what wisdom is in them? Jeremiah 8:9 (ESV)
Lessons from Jeremiah's prayer for mercy:
1. No one is capable of absolute SELF-DETERMINATION.
2. God orders our steps. PRAYING for someone is the most effective and logical thing you can do to bring about a change!
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
When praying for God's mercy for a loved one, ask for God's CORRECTIVE JUSTICE.
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
Psalm 119:71 (ESV)
As much as you may love a person, God's KINGDOM and His GLORY must always come first.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:26 (ESV)
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