• W. Austin Gardner

Too late to get right



Jeremiah 19:11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.

  1. God’s message through Jeremiah

  2. The message has to be what God says, any real preaching ought to be simply what God said Jeremiah 19:1 Thus saith the Lord,

  3. Jeremiah’s message would be very clear Jeremiah 19:1 Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;

  4. It was another illustrated message, the potter’s pot

  5. There was nothing hidden or done in a corner

  6. He got the old grey heads, political leaders and spiritual leaders

  7. Even the site for the preaching was specifically chosen Jeremiah 19:2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,

  8. The east gate was the gate where the broken pottery was thrown

  9. It overlooked the garbage dump

  10. This was near where they had worshipped idols, sacrificed their children

  11. Here they had worshipped false gods

  12. God promised the worst evil imaginable to happen to them Jeremiah 19:3 And say, Hear ye the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.

  13. They had brought this evil on themselves

  14. They had forsaken the Lord Jeremiah 19:4 Because they have forsaken me,

  15. They had taken the holy and made it strange to God Jeremiah 19:4 and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah,

  16. They had sacrificed their children there Jeremiah 19:4 and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;

  17. They had built worship places for the demon Baal Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal,

  18. God didn’t tell them to do it, He didn’t make them do it and actually He never even thought about it Jeremiah 19:5 which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

  19. Some would have you think that you are programmed to do wrong, even the sin you commit

  20. They would say that God caused or allowed or predestined even sin on the planet but this verse definitely contradicts that

  21. God was going to bring slaughter on His people Jeremiah 19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

  22. They have gone so far that God will not allow their best laid plans to work Jeremiah 19:7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and

  23. They will be killed with swords Jeremiah 19:7 I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives:

  24. They won’t even get a decent burial Jeremiah 19:7 and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

  25. The city will be shockingly alone as they suffer plagues Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.

  26. They will eat their own children and friends Jeremiah 19:9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.

  27. They have gone too far to come back now

  28. We saw the marred vessel get a second chance but now the message has changed

  29. Will you stay in your sin so long that the message changes?

  30. Will you not listen to even this passage of Scripture as a message from God

  31. Sin has drastic consequences so do not play with sin, do not stay in sin, do not excuse sin

  32. Jeremiah was to break the bottle in front of the men Jeremiah 19:10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,

  33. They have gone so far that they can’t be repaired Jeremiah 19:11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.

  34. You can go so far and be so hard that there is no more hope for you

  35. God doesn’t always keep giving more opportunities

  36. Tophet here, refers to the place where they killed their children. The sound of the cries of their children had to be covered up by their beating on drums

  37. Jeremiah preaches his message again in the courts of the Lord’s house Jeremiah 19:14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord’s house; and said to all the people,

  38. This evil is not a threat, it will be happening Jeremiah 19:15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it,

  39. The evil would be something they brought on themselves Jeremiah 19:15 because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.

  40. This message is hard to hear for anyone