Adult / Kids Sunday School Series
Sermon for the Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide
- KJV Bible Believers Church in Touchet, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike
Paulson - 2007
the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:26
with the Scriptures Rightly Divided - II
What is In the Old Testament "FOR" us?
September 2, 2007
In It "FOR" Us?
Now all these things happened unto them
for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
I Corinthians 10:11
"Ensamples" from whom to learn, not
for us to follow!
few excerpts from Haley's Handbook...
The Internal Situation
Jeremiah lived about 100 years after
the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah had saved Jerusalem from Assyria. Jeremiah tried
to save Jerusalem from Babylon, but failed.
Jeremiah lived through 40 terrible years.
He was called to be a prophet in 626 b.c. Twenty years later,
in 605 b.c. , Jerusalem was partly destroyed. It was further ruined
in 597 b.c. , and finally burned to the ground in 586 b.c.
Jeremiah experienced the end of the monarchy, the final agony of the nation
of Judah. He was a pathetic, lonely figure, who was God's final appeal
to the Holy City, which had become hopelessly and fanatically attached
to idols. Jeremiah cried out that if only they would repent, God would
save them from Babylon.
As Assyria had been the background of
Isaiah's ministry 150 years earlier, so Babylonia was the backdrop of Jeremiah's
The northern kingdom, Israel, had fallen,
as had much of Judah, the southern kingdom, which had suffered reverse
after reverse, until Jerusalem was all that was left of the once great
kingdom of David and Solomon. But still the people of Jerusalem ignored
the continued warnings of the prophets and grew more and more hardened
in their idolatry and wickedness. The hour of doom was about to strike.
From the beginning of his ministry,
20 years before the issue was settled, Jeremiah insisted that Babylonia
would be the victor. All through his incessant and bitter complaints over
Judah's wickedness, the following ideas recur again and again:
1. Judah is going to be destroyed
by victorious Babylonia.
2. If Judah will turn from her
wickedness, somehow God will save her from destruction at the hands of
3. Later, when there no longer
seemed to be any hope of Judah's repentance, came a message of renewed
hope: if Judah, as a matter of political expediency, will submit to Babylon,
she shall be spared.
4. Judah will be destroyed, but
she shall recover and yet dominate the world.
5. Babylon, the destroyer of Judah,
shall herself be destroyed, never to rise again
Paulson comment - "Even though Haley's
Handbook doesn't list this, I see that Jeremiah's biggest message was that
they rejected God's WORDS - and that is the same message that needs to
be preached in America today! We can learn from Jeremiah how to preach
today - note, that the consequences are different then than today, but
still - nobody says it better than Jeremiah!"
Jeremiah was the leader among
the brilliant constellation of prophets clustered around the destruction
Ezekiel, a fellow priest, somewhat
younger than Jeremiah, preached in Babylonia among the captives the same
things that Jeremiah was preaching in Jerusalem.
Daniel, a man of royal blood,
held the line in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar.
Habakkuk and Zephaniah
helped Jeremiah in Jerusalem.
Nahum, at the same time, was
predicting the fall of Nineveh.
Obadiah, at the same time, predicted
the ruin of Edom
Please take the time to look up
these verses - we will be making short commentary about these verses.
Note that these are the verses, with
a few exceptions, that Jeremiah preached about concerning God's words and
how God's own people rejected them.
especially verse 10!