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PENTECOST 10 – August 18, 2019 – Jeremiah 23:16-29 “GOD IS GOD”

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the Old Testament Lesson just read, from Jeremiah 23.  We begin with prayer.

 

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

  • Our text places us once again right in the middle of a huge “information war.” Prophets – many of whom are cynical and don’t think that prophecy must be dictated by God VERSUS  Jeremiah and a very few others stand in the council of God and speak His Word faithfully and truly.
  • The false prophets do not share information, but rather “misinformation.” They bring the original “fake news.”  And it is tragic for God’s people, for they comfort and confirm people in their wretchedness and despising of God’s Word.  This will never be tolerated or left unchallenged by God and the true prophets of God!
  • It is no different today. Many “prophets” affirm people in their dreadful sin and wickedness – whether it be heterosexual immorality, homosexuality, abortion, or the evils of greedy prosperity.  They dull and destroy men’s consciences making them oblivious God’s Law, and blind to the Gospel.
  • But what the false prophets say doesn’t change Who God is! GOD IS GOD, and that means bad news for the liars, charlatans, and false prophets!  For:

 

I.  God Sends His Word To Bring All People To Repentance

 

Text:  “Behold the storm of the Lord!  Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.  The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and accomplished the intents of His heart. . . .  If the prophets had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed My Words to My people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.  . . .  Is not My Word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”

 

A.  He Speaks So That We May Discern Right From Wrong

 

Text:  “If the prophets had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed My Words to My people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.”

 

B.  He Speaks So That We Sorrow Over Our Sin

 

Mark 1:15  “Jesus said, ‘The time is at hand, the kingdom of God is near; repent and believe the good news.”

 

Psalm 31:10  “For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.”

 

C.  He Speaks So That We Turn To Him For Forgiveness And Healing, And So That We Receive It By Faith

 

Is. 1:18  “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD: ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.’”

 

Rom. 4:5-7  “And to the one who does not work but believes in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”

 

Statement:  This is the information, the truth, that God shines into all the world by His Word, by His true prophets.  It is a good Word, and a true Word, showing us our sin and iniquity, and showing us His gracious mercy, forgiveness, and love.  What a horrid and dreadful thing – that anyone would have the cynicism and the audacity to “speak visions of their own minds,” claiming it shall be well with those who are enmeshed in horrible unbelief and wickedness, and who reject and despise the Word of God! 

 

Application:  But alas, such prophets and such a campaign of misinformation is not a thing of the past.  No, it continues on to this very day – and all around us.  So we must beware!  What a blessed thing it is to know God as He truly is, to be able to repent and confess our sins, and to receive the glories of His mercy and love.  And remember:  “GOD IS GOD” and nothing will ever change that!  And sadly:

 

II.  God’s Enemies Continue To Mimic His Sending And Speaking

 

A.  They Speak Their Own Visions, But Use God’s Name

 

Text:  “[God says]  I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My Name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’  How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, who think to make My people forget My Name by their dreams that they tell one another?”

 

B.  Their Message Is Contrary To God’s Word

 

Text:  “They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say to those who despise the Word of the Lord, ‘It shall be will with you’ and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

 

Statement:  This is the typical rebellion of the devil and his ilk – to mimic God with preaching, teaching, and miracles, trying to mislead as many as possible.  And as I said, this is still going on to this very day!  And what these false prophets are doing is killing and destroying souls in unbelief and impenitence!  We must beware, as Jesus taught: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

 

Application:  There is no health or life apart from God’s Word.  All who despise it and reject it are doomed to death – spiritual and eternal death, in hell.  There is no immorality worse than the rejection or perversion of God’s precious and healing Word, except perhaps the evil of teaching others to do this while invoking God’s own Name!  Oh dear friends in Christ – know that with Christ’s coming you also are even now divided away from unbelievers.  Rejoice that you are on God’s side!  And this will always be so if we continue in His Word and in the faith that He engenders in us!  But for the others:

 

III.  Be Assured – All Will See God’s Wrath On The Wicked, Especially On The False Prophets And Unbelievers

 

Text:  “Behold the storm of the Lord!  Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.  The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and accomplished the intents of His heart.  In the later days you will understand it clearly.”

 

Statement:  This is not God’s primary will, but His consequent will for those who not only reject His Word of truth but also speak falsely and lead others into their lies and deceit.  There is no greater evil upon the earth!

 

Application:  So let us be wise in this manner, and continue to hear God’s Word that we lead lives of repentance [confessing our sins to God] and faith and trust in God’s gracious forgiveness and mercy!   This is the information that He sends out to us.  This is what He wills for us to know about Him, and to believe.  If we continue in His Word we will be spared what is coming upon the wicked and unbelieving. 

 

Conclusion:  Thankfully, God has given us His Word in writing – so that we can compare and contrast the “false prophets” out there in the world today with the true prophets of God.  It is not that difficult.  It is not just a matter of each having their own individual “truth” that no one can rebut.  God’s Word has been the same now for thousands of years, and it remains the chief arbiter of truth, so that we may know the truth and be freed by the truth! 

 

How critical all of this is!  And how blessed we are to know and believe the truth about God, His gracious mercy and forgiveness, His will that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth!  Thank God that “GOD IS GOD” and that His love for us will never change!  Amen. 

 

Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.