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The Futility on Man’s Pride and Call to Worship the Lord

Part II

Text: Jer.13:18-27

Key Concepts:

  • God will not fail to ruin the proud
  • Are you so engrossed in your pleasures that you don’t realize that judgment is already at your door?
  • What will be your excuse when God visits you with chastisement?

The sin of pride was at the heart of the nation’s unrepentant stance.  Their pride was characterized by their refusal to submit to God, by their rejection of God’s Word and by their hatred of God’s messengers. The people chose their own will and evil desires over their sovereign God. They unequivocally committed idolatry (spiritual adultery). They forsook God in order to pursue wickedness. As consequence of their unfaithfulness, God reduced them to nothing, leaving them nothing to boast about. Certainly rebellion against God only leads to His judgment and to ruin. Indeed, when we fail to humble ourselves before God, we can expect bitter consequences. For, The Lord Himself will cause our humiliation when we chose our pride over Him. God will cause the ruin of the proud. For pride (which is a vile sin) is never useful to His service. The northern kingdom, Israel, then Judah to the south, learned this lesson the hard way. We are given their example as warning, as a promise even of God’s justice. And since there is no partiality in God (Rom. 2:11-16), their narrative is tremendously relevant to us today.

God will not fail to ruin the proud

The queen-mother (mother of the king) was a prominent/powerful figure in the kingdom, who sometimes played the role of adviser to the king.  Here, she and her son were both found guilty of pride against the Lord (Jer. 13:18). Both would be ruined as a result of their disobedience. As parents, however, our duty is to teach our children is to humbly submit to God. For, teaching them otherwise is simply leading them astray. We must teach them about God’s judgment on the unrepentant and His reward to those who honor His name. Since the same God who raises us up will surely bring us down when the stench of our pride and arrogance reaches up to Him. “’For your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory’” (Jer. 13:18, NKJV). The privileges and honor we enjoy as a nation, church, family or individual, are entrusted to us for the glory of God (not for the sake of our pride). When we fail to give glory to God to whom it is due, we lose that honor, possibly your life and the source of our pride. Brethren, must we always learn things the hard way? Shouldn’t God’s warnings suffice to set us straight? For failing to humble themselves before God, “’Judah shall be carried away captive, all of it; It shall be wholly carried away captive’” (Jer. 13:19, NKJV).  Do you worry about how God may ruin you due to your disobedience? Due to your pride? This, beloved, is a healthy fear. It is a fear that has the potential to motivate us to walk according to God’s will.

Are you so engrossed in your pleasures that you don’t realize that judgment is already at your door?

Judah’s enemy was upon them but the queen-mother and her son, highest leaders of the land, were preoccupied with foolishness. Are you likewise so complacent in your sins that you ignore God’s warnings? Are you so comfortable in your wickedness, so irresponsible, that you are oblivious to the enemy that is upon you? Are you blind to the danger that has already overtaken you? Indeed, the enemy has already invaded our home, our mind, the mind of our children, sacred worship. Can we afford to be willfully ignorant? Can we afford to be blinded by our self-interest? “’Where is the flock that was given to you, your beautiful sheep?”’ (Jer. 13:20, NKJV). God will not fail to demand an account for the blessings, the privileges, and the responsibilities He has entrusted to us. What has happened to the flock, the family, the brother or sister, entrusted to us for their spiritual growth? Indeed, God will hold us accountable as parents, as leaders and individuals. Have you protected those in your care morally and spiritually? Have you instructed, disciplined and loved them enough? If you have failed those in your care, you bear the responsibility for the consequences. If you have done your duty but they chose to rebel, then worry not. Leaders bear the obligation to warn, to protect, preserve and lead so that God’s name may be honored in His Church. “’What will you say when He punishes you? For you have taught them to be chieftains, to be head over you. Will not pangs seize you, Like a woman in labor?”’ (Jer. 13:21, NKJV). As people who are enlightened by The Word of God, we must not be willing to simply follow those who are still lost no matter their title and/or status. We are light of the world, a light that must shine in front of the blind to guide them. Therefore, we must wise be about with whom we associate ourselves, who we are led by.

What will be your excuse when God visits you with chastisement?

We question our troubles and suffering when we experience trials. “’What will you say when He punishes you? (v. 21) Why have these things come upon me?”’ (Jer. 13:22, NKJV). Whether our troubles are from God or not, we tend to ask why when things hurt. Furthermore, we ask ‘why me Lord? I don’t deserve this.’ We always know worse sinners than us, who deserve punishment rather than ourselves. Essentially, when we ask why, we are accusing God of unfairness. We are projecting our evil upon God. We indeed forget that we are not deserving of God’s favor whereas we are dependent on His grace. How much of what we take for granted (i.e. our health) is by God’s grace alone. Hasn’t Paul taught us that we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory and deserve death for that crime? (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 9:21). It is a lack of humility to think we deserve better than that which God has given us. We have a great example in king David’s confession after his Bathsheba debacle (Ps. 51). If David, a man after God’s heart, could humble himself to ask for forgiveness and restoration, who are we to think ourselves too good to do the same? Or will you make excuses when God’s punishment falls on you? Will you tell Him that you did receive enough warnings?  Or will you blame God for not giving you enough time to repent? God forbid! Brethren, we should be responsible and honest enough to turn to God and beg for His grace and mercy. If God takes back whatever He has granted us by grace, we should respond like Job, “’The Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord’” (1:21, NKJV). Instead of questioning God when the difficulties of life catch up with us, we should trust His sovereign will, and ask for His grace and mercy. Judah’s spiritual adultery would result in the enemy raping their land and resources and even their identity as a nation (v. 22). This depicts the humiliation and indignity that ensue from their violating their relationship with God. For Judah’s wickedness was a thing of routine. Indeed when sin becomes a lifestyle, no education, rehabilitation can change your heart. It is impossible for a sinner who’s become accustomed to sin to change his/her own heart (see v. 23). Because our nature is evil, when we get comfortable with sin, we lose all desire to change. Thankfully, what is impossible to man, is possible to God. He can and does change our hearts. In fact, no sin is greater than the power of the blood of Christ. All you need to do is repent.

In conclusion…

God generously offers His forgiveness.  “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool”’ (Is. 1:18, NKJV). There is hope for God to change your heart. But if your hardened heart continues in your sin, The Lord “’will scatter them like stubble that passes away by the wind of the wilderness”’ (Jer.13:24, NKJV). Your portion will be that of shame and bitterness (see v. 25). When you fail to honor God, when you forget His deeds and His laws, then you have forgotten the Lord and “trusted falsehood” (v. 25). Therefore, The Lord will disgrace you (see v. 26). We cannot hide what we are from God (v. 27). Truly beloved, we cannot cleanse ourselves by ourselves (v.23). God alone can purify us and make us anew. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Eze. 36:25-26, NKJV). If you turn your life to Christ, His blood will truly cleanse you and make you hate sin. If the Holy Spirit is urging you to repent, do so in all haste. Don’t make excuses. Don’t stall. Just plead to God for His forgiveness. Let us choose today to honor our good God with humility, obedience, with love and joy in serving Him and in the service of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

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