• W. Austin Gardner

Submit to God and His will



Jeremiah 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. 6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

  1. The story

  2. Jeremiah is doing a children’s church message and brings a yoke to church Jeremiah 27:2 Thus saith the Lord to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

  3. There are five countries that are allied with Judah against Nebuchadnezzar Jeremiah 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

  4. God was telling them through Jeremiah, that they needed to submit to Nebuchadnezzar instead of plotting to fight him

  5. God had decided to give the nations to Babylon, and to rebel against this plan was to rebel against God Himself

  6. There were many supposed men of God or spiritual leaders in the various countries

  7. Everyone is warned not to listen to them

  8. The false prophets were saying that the temple objects that had been stolen, would be returned soon

  9. Jeremiah said, why don’t you pray about it and see if God would take care of the treasures that were still left and would soon be taken Jeremiah 27:18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the Lord be with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.

  10. God will bring back His people from the 70 years of captivity

  11. Hananiah breaks the wooden yoke

  12. Jeremiah waits on God for a new message

  13. God tells Jeremiah that they might break a wooden yoke but they will not be able to break an iron yoke

  14. Because Hananiah taught God’s people to rebel, Jeremiah told him he would die that year

  15. When we reject the wooden yoke God gives us, He just might replace it with an iron yoke

  16. God is in charge, He is the King, the Almighty

  17. God made the earth and all in it by His great power Jeremiah 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm,

  18. God decided who He would give what Jeremiah 27:5 and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

  19. He decides what king rules Jeremiah 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

  20. All countries, even, can decide to obey Him or suffer the consequences of rebellion Jeremiah 27:8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.

  21. As believers, we should recognize and submit to God as our Lord, our Ruler

  22. God makes it so clear that He is in charge

  23. He decides even what you own and where you live

  24. Isn’t it time to humble ourselves and seek His will? Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

  25. There are spiritual leaders you should not listen to Jeremiah 27:14 Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you. 15 For I have not sent them, saith the Lord, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you. 16 Also I spake to the priests and to all this people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the Lord’s house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you. 17 Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city be laid waste?

  26. There are spiritual advisors that say something different from what God actually says Jeremiah 27:9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:

  27. God or Jeremiah said that they were lying Jeremiah 27:10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.

  28. They preach in Jesus name but are lying Jeremiah 27:15 For I have not sent them, saith the Lord, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.

  29. They promise peace their way but they are actually teaching rebellion Jeremiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord.

  30. How do you know who to believe?

  31. Know that there are false teachers II Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  32. Try the spirits to be sure I John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby