A Man With Fire In His Bones

The Call (Jeremiah 1)

The Problem (Jeremiah 2-4)

The Heart that is incurable (Jeremiah 17)

The Heart that knows God (Jeremiah 24)

*The Heart that seeks God (Jeremiah 29)

The Heart that is new (Jeremiah 31)

One Heart and one purpose (Jeremiah 32)

“When your words came, I ate (devoured) them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty” (Jer 15:16). “But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot’” (Jer 20:19).

Big Idea: What a way to end one's story. What can we learn from such an unspeakable tragedy?

By God's grace, this concludes our sermon series of 15 sermons on the 52 chapters of the book of Jeremiah--A Fire in My Bones (Jer 20:9). The last two weeks was about little known people in the Bible who were indispensable: Ebed-Melek and Baruch. From these "unknown" people who seem inconsequential, Ebed-Melek demonstrates that we can trust God and be saved, while Baruch--Jeremiah's assistant--was magnificent. Without them there would be no Jeremiah!

This is a very difficult sermon to prepare for, since it just goes downhill from judgment to more judgment. The various titles I came up with were: "Many Reasons for Judgment, Only One Reason for Salvation." Next, was "Why Judgment, How Salvation." Then it was "A Sad Tragic End." Finally, from speaking with a friend, I settled on this just before the worship service began: "When Bad Things Happen to Bad People."

Last week: Even in the time of judgment, we can trust God and be saved.

Big IdeaPlay second fiddle with enthusiasm, excitement and exhilaration.

Leonard Bernstein, the late conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, was once asked to name the most difficult instrument to play. Without hesitation, he replied: “The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that’s a problem; and if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony."

“Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! I will bring great disaster upon all these people; but I will give you your life (nephesh - one’s total being) as a reward (a prize of war - ESV) wherever you go. I, the LORD, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 45:5, NLT)