Sin’s Reprieve is a Blessed Trust (Jer 17:7-8)

c1bea889d88ff5a6bd1a0d0364ac94bd_clip-art-tree-with-roots-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-tree-clipart-with-roots_1501-1998Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:7-8)

Review: In the past few posts we have been looking at Jeremiah’s sermon about the sins of his nation and the coming judgment.  We now come to the light shining in the dark night of judgment, that light of blessing available to those that will trust in the Lord and NOT in man and their own flesh.

When we put all our trust in God and His goodness, God promises the following blessings will be ours!

The man that trusts in the Lord will be planted.

– This means that God a very specific place for us.

We must needs find and submit to that place.  Just as we all expect our pastors to be sure that they are planted just exactly where God wants them, so EVERY Christin should be just as sure that they also have been planted by God in that church and they are growing and serving in THEIR place.

– This means that God has placed us for a specific purpose.

God never works without a plan and design.  So, what He plants, He not only has the where planned but the why planned as well.  As God plants each tree (member) in the local church, he does so with the entire body in mind.

– This man that is planted in the right spot will spread his roots there. 

…that spreadeth out her roots by the river…

Plant your roots in the place God has planted you and STAY and GROW.

The man that trusts in the Lord will be refreshed

…and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought…

When trials come and the heat is “turned up”, the man that has the confidence that he is in the place God has planted him and has stretched out his roots there, need not fear the threats and trials of the sun’s rays.  He has deep roots and is refreshed by his Lord.

The man that trusts in the Lord will remain fruitful.

…neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Is not being fruitful our goal?  Being fruitful all our lives, every season of our lives, and consistently all our lives is the least we can do for the One who saved us, planted us, and refreshes us.

So, let us not put our trust in man, but the Lord and enjoy the “Blessed Trust”


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The Blessed Trust – Sin’s Reprieve (part 2) “Sin’s Reward is Loss”

 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:7-8)

Review: As we look at Jeremiah’s sermon about the sins of his nation and the coming judgment and chastening of God, there shines a light of a blessing available.

In a previous post we saw God tells us that there are only two places we can trust.  We can trust in man and our flesh or we can trust in the Lord.  The blessing of God is for those that put their entire trust in God.

Before He gives us the blessings of trusting in Him, He gives the reasons not to trust the flesh. The first of these reasons was in my last post, “Sin Leaves a Record”.

Let’s now consider the second reason not to put our trust in man and the flesh.

Sin’s Reward is Loss

Satan leads us to believe that sin will bring us profit. The profit of joy, peace, and even financial gain, but just the opposite is true for the child of God.

We experience the loss of our treasures.

O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. (Jer 17:3)

We experience the loss of our heritage

And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever. (Jer 17:4)

The idea behind the word “discontinue” is to “fling down” or “remit”.  When we begin to trust in man and fail to keep our trust in the Lord we lose those things that God had planned for us.  We lose the blessings and the special land of rest where He wanted us to take as our possession.

I do not know about you, but I do not want to miss a single blessing that God wants to give me.  Therefore flee sin if you want to keep the heritage God has for you.

We experience a loss of our freedom

And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever. (Jer 17:4)
When they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (2Pe 2:18-19)

Again, one of the great lies of Satan is that sin brings us freedom. Sin brings us into bondage while trusting and submitting to Christ and His ways bring freedom! TRUE freedom.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (Joh 8:36)

Beware putting trust in man and our flesh.  This can only lead to loss.


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The Blessed Trust – Sin’s Reprieve

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:7-8)

In the middle of God’s reprimands to Judah through Jeremiah about how He will and is chastening His people for their sins and rejection of God, He tosses in a jewel, a diamond, a bright light in the midst of the darkness. Even though there are judgments due and coming, there is always a light for the children of God, and He wants us to find hope in Him. As He lists the sins and judgments, there is a joyous light. A reprieve for the oppression of sin.

In the opening verse above, God warns His people that there are only two places to trust. We can put our trust in man and our flesh, or God. God calls the trust in man and the strength of our flesh a cursed trust. No confidence, no hope, no blessings. To trust in God alone is a great joy and blessing. Before He gives us the blessings of trusting in Him, He gives the reasons not to trust the flesh. Here is the first of those reasons.

1. Sins Leaves a Record

The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; Jeremiah 17:1

Somehow we have bought into the belief that we can sin with impunity. This is simply not so. The deeper the sin, the greater the marks. Truly, we can be forgiven of any sin, but sin leaves a mark. David experienced this after the affair with Bathsheba where He said; For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psalms 51:3

A. Sin leaves its mark on our hearts (vs1)

1. When we sin, we know it, God knows it, the Devil knows it, and our heart feels it.

2. As Adam and Eve learned, every venture into a new area of sin, opens our eyes to the “knowledge” of good and evil and things will never be the same.

3. We see this experienced in the area of physical relations and youth. As one progresses down the path of more and more intimacy in a relationship, the mystery disappears and we are never the same. Stay pure for your future spouse and your heart!

B. Sin leaves its mark on the horns (vs1)

…and upon the horns of your altars;

1. These referees to the places and practice of worship.

2. We all know that the sins of “well known” preachers affects the saints. It taints and sours the body of Christ. It also brings reproach and gives unbelievers another reason to determine that there is no reason to ever listen to Christians describe the joyful and holy life of a believer.

3. We need to be aware that not only the sins of “big Christianity” brings a reproach, but the sins of every Christian is a blot on the name of the Lord and His work. Let us not be the cause of such damage. Flee sin!

C. Sin leaves its mark on our homes (vs2)

Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. Jeremiah 17:21.

1. We all can remember the atmosphere and lessons learned in the home where we grew. Sins, large and small, affect the children and becomes part of their personality and worldview.

2. Let’s be careful to let our children “remember” holiness, the blessings of serving the Lord in the local church, and forgiveness rather than sinful and cynical attitudes.


Look for part 2 soon.

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