How Long will you Sin against His Grace
Jeremiah 31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.
Salvation has always been by grace Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; Even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.
It was grace that found them in the wilderness
It was God and His grace moving to cause them to rest
God made them one nation again Jeremiah 31:1 At the same time, saith the Lord, Will I be the God of all the families of Israel, And they shall be my people.
It was God loving them even when they didn’t love Him Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Even when He gave them the law, He made it clear that it would be grace
He gave law to bring them to Him for grace Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
He gave them a sacrificial system
He spoke with them from the mercy seat not the law Exodus 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Numbers 7:89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.
The effects of grace
It was God that would build them not themselves Jeremiah 31:4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: Thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, And shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
Grace gives joy because it's an undeserved gift
Work earns needs always needing more and better pay, not satisfied
Grace produces joy Jeremiah 31:6 For there shall be a day, That the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. 7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations: Publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
It is God helping the helpless Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the coasts of the earth, And with them the blind and the lame, The woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: A great company shall return thither.
It is God’s grace that He doesn’t abandon His people even when they sin Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, And with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters In a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is my firstborn.
Israel has been divided
Ephraim has been given to idols
God will bring His children home
Humans have never been able to win God’s favor
Every time period in history shows us man’s complete failure
Man failed in a perfect environment, the garden of Eden
When man lived by his conscience before there was law, he became extremely wicked and God sent a flood
When man was in charge of his own government, man chose to build a tower to God
God calls for Abraham and gives him the promise of great blessing if he will just bless the world but Abraham and his descendants continue with their rebellious living and go into slavery
God gives responsibility to a nation, Israel, to take the truth to the nations but they love this world too much
Right now, God has given His truth to the church to take to the world but we have become worldly
Next He will set up a perfect kingdom but man will rebel once again
God has proven that man is a hopeless case, unable to save himself Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
It is always God moving towards fallen, failing, sin controlled mankind
Grace, God’s promises, and character bring great joy
God will not abandon His people Jeremiah 31:10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
The God of Israel keeps His Word
God may discipline but He doesn’t throw us away
He loves us and cares for us like a shepherd does for his sheep
God wanted the world to know what kind of God He is
God wanted His character declared in the far off countries
It was God that had moved in their favor, grace Jeremiah 31:11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.