• W. Austin Gardner

Their Sin Wounded God

Jeremiah 2:4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

  1. God remembered their first love Jeremiah 2:1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

  2. When they first came to know their Lord they had been loyal and faithful to God kindness of thy youth,

  3. They had shown newly wed love for the Lord love of thine espousals,

  4. They followed Him where He led them wentest after me in the wilderness,

  5. God had marked Israel specially and protected her Jeremiah 2:3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

  6. Have you left your first love Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

  7. Do you work at feeding your love for the Lord Jesus

  8. Are you guarding your love for the Lord

  9. How can you get back your first love

  10. Remember what He has done for you

  11. Return to the Lord with that love you once had

  12. Hear the pain in the Lord’s heart as He discusses their losing their love for Him

  13. God asks what He has done wrong that would cause them to walk away Jeremiah 2:4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

  14. You can’t deny that He brought you up out of Egypt, out of slavery and death to the promised land Jeremiah 2:6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

  15. Their spiritual leaders knew better but chose to walk away Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

  16. God finds it strange that those that worship false gods are faithful to their idols but His people are not faithful Jeremiah 2:9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead. 10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. 11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

  17. How come the wicked are more faithful to the lie than we are to the truth

  18. How easily are you persuaded to follow the gods of this world, money, power, popularity instead of God

  19. They had exchange the God of power for the unsatisfying things of this world Jeremiah 2:12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

  20. They were destroying their lives by seeking their own satisfaction, their water

  21. They gave up a God who works for something they could do to replace Him

  22. They should have realized that their efforts could bring only disillusionment and failure

  23. God never intended for His people to be hurt but they left God Jeremiah 2:14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.

  24. Didn’t you bring this on yourself Jeremiah 2:17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way?

  25. Isn’t it because you chose to walk away from God hast forsaken the Lord thy God,

  26. Don’t blame God for the consequences of your sin and rebellion

  27. Their suffering is their own fault, a consequence for their sin Jeremiah 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

  28. God said He didn’t do this to them

  29. He had freed them from slavery Jeremiah 2:20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

  30. He had taken them from sin and made them noble, gave them their dignity back Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?

  31. The world offers beautiful things but can never deliver without much pain and suffering, plus eternal consequences