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Weekly Sermon - 09 Dec 18                                 

Who wouldn't fear God?
(Jeremiah 10:1-16)

Speaker: Rev Isaac Ong
 
(57 minutes)
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When man rejects the knowledge of the true and living God, he does not remove his need for God; there is a spiritual vacuum in his life that he must necessarily fill that vacuum with a god of his own making. When man does not worship the true and living God, he worships a false and dead idol.

The way of the heathen

A.         The Worship of Reason (10:2)

The way of the heathen (Jer. 10:2) consists of the signs of heaven. God made the stars as evidence of His creation, and for the purpose of keeping the seasons (Gen.1:14). But sinful man perverted this knowledge and used the stars to divine the future.

The similarity between astrology and all the other humanistic philosophies and ideas is that they teach that there is another truth other than God's divine revelation.

Lesson:  There is no truth apart from God's truth. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 16:25)

Lesson:  Do not be dismayed at the stars in the heavens. Fear, instead, the Maker of those stars.

B.         The Worship of Desire (10:3-5, 8-9)

The foolishness of idol worship is seen in the origin, nature, and the worth of the idols.

Origins: Idolatry is foolish because the idols came from dead trees. They were fashioned by the hands of men. (Isaiah 44:14-17)

Nature: Idolatry is foolish because the idols are dead. The idols could not do any good. They could not do any evil. They not give life, and there was also no life in them. Divinity is not added when a block of wood becomes a statue.

Worth: Idolatry is vain because the idols are worthless with regard to what they represent and teach.

There is no difference between the idols that the people of Judah worshipped, and the idols that the modern man worships - wisdom, power and wealth (Jer. 9:23). These things do not make man a better person.

Lesson:  Man want to worship idols because they represent their desires. The desires become his gods. Do you worship the true and living God and served your gods (2 Kings 17:33)? Your faith is revealed by whom or what you worship and serve. 

The Word of the lord

There is the way of the heathen versus the Word of God. The true and living God versus the idols.

Origin:  God is eternal (Gen. 1:1). God has no beginning because He is not created. He is the Creator (Jer. 10:12-13). The idols are fashioned, but God fashions.

Nature:  God is great in power. God not only creates, He sustains His creation by His providence (Ps. 104:13-14).

Worth:  The worth of God is not seen in what we can do for Him, but what He has done and is doing for us. The idols have to be carried by men, but it is God who carries the man that He has made. (Ps. 37:23-26).

Conclusion

Hear the Word of the LORD, and do not go in the way of the heathen.

Unbeliever:       "Learn not the way of the heathen." Come to the Saviour.

Believer:           "Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you." Love God with all your heart; serve Him with all your strength, and worship Him in spirit and truth.

 

  

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