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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