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*apostasy’s autopsy*
 
*INTRODUCTION*:
1.     Read Jeremiah 8:1-12.
2.     Regarding text:
(1)         Approximately 100 years after the prophet Isaiah cried out to the kingdom of Judah, Jeremiah the prophet was called into service for God.
A.       Samaria, and the northern kingdom of Israel fell to Assyria (722 BC).
B.       Jeremiah lived to see Assyria fall to the power of Babylon.
C.       Jeremiah wept because he knew that the nation of Judah would now fall.
(2)         During the beginning of his “career,” Josiah, the last “good” king of Judah, rose to the throne.
A.       Josiah re-discovered the book of the Law (2 Kings 22:8f).
B.       Josiah with the assistance of Jeremiah made reforms, but they were short-lived.
C.       Josiah was killed by Pharaoh Neco of Egypt, followed by Jehoahaz, Johoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.
(3)         Jeremiah was a prophet of God (1:9-10).
(4)         Judah’s rejection of God was */two-fold/* (2:13).
(5)         The depth of Judah’s sin  ~/ apostasy was irreparable (3:25).
(6)         The people of Judah had drifted from God and grown wise in wrong things (4:22).
(7)         The situation paralleled that of Abraham at Sodom and Gomorrah (5:1).
(8)         The apostasy was complete (6:13-14).
Their sanctuary was their cemetery (7:4).
A.       God does not us want us to “do religious things.”
God wants us to be righteous!
(9)         Now, the devastation, and contempt that would be poured out upon Judah would be complete (8:1).
3.     1 Cor.
10:11-12.
4.     Cf.
C.S.I.
In this lesson, we return to the scene of the “crime” in an effort to understand how and why other generations have engaged in apostasy in hopes of avoiding it ourselves and understanding it when it does happen today.
*DISCUSSION*: JUDAH SUFFERED THE SHAME OF APOSTASY BECAUSE OF --
I.            /CASUALNESS/ (Vv.
4-6).
1.
In */secular/* matters, we’ve all had */jolting/* experiences that “wake us up!”
(1)           Red flags are raised that cause us to consider our path or turn when wrong!
A.         Cf.
Petting a growling dog, touching a hot stove, trust a certain employee, lighting a gas grill, Columbia shuttle disaster (Feb.
2003).
(2)           We learn not to travel certain paths at “rush hour” if possible.
(3)           We learn not to affix the suction cup from our child’s bath toy on our forehead for an extended period.
(4)           We make plenty of the same old mistakes, but all in all, we are pretty good to learn our lessons.
2.      Why is it that in */spiritual/* matters, we often fail to exercise the same common sense.
(1)           Read - Prov.
6:26-32.
A.         /Secular/ ~/ physical – Once burned, twice shy!  Lesson learned.
No play with fire!
B.         /Spiritual – /We grow complacent, impatient, insulated.
We toy with sin.
(2)           Gal.
6:7 – God is not mocked… that shall he also reap.
(3)           Eph.
5:11; Phil.
4:8;
3.      Notice v. 6:
(1)           They knew what to do (listened and heard).
(2)           They wouldn’t do it!
They would not */repent/*.
They refused to do.
(3)           In fact they say, “What have I done?”
4.      We must not grow casual:  In approach to God, worship, sin, evangelism…
 
II.
/CARELESSNESS/ WITH THE SCRIPTURES (VV.
7-9).
1.      Judah possessed the Law, but possessed little understanding or application.
(1)           Notice they had the Law of the Lord with them, but they */rejected/* it!
(2)           The Law had become nothing more than */ceremony/* to them (cf.
Lord’s Supper).
A.         Baptism, praying, singing, giving, study, etc. are not merely /ceremonies/.
B.         Christian living, evangelism, benevolence, forgiveness, etc. are not merely…
2.      I ask you to consider all the divisions, hurts, sins, damages, distractions that have occurred in the body of Christ past and present.
(1)           Now, consider, were the majority committed out of /ignorance *of*/ or /carelessness *with*/ the Scriptures?
(2)           The Bible is not hard to understand, but neither is it hard to misunderstand!
A.         Depends upon one’s attitude and motive.
B.         Cf.
Acts 17:11; 2 Pet.
3:16.
3.      Now I ask you personally to consider your knowledge of the scriptures, and how well you are doing for your eternal spirit with that wisdom.
(1)           Many times we do our emotions good and grasp ~/ desire the concept of God’s grace, but we are not willing to do our soul any good and grasp ~/ desire God’s concept of obedience.
III.
/COVETOUSNESS/ (V.
10).
1.      Cf.
Lk. 12:15-21; Mt. 19:16-28; 1 Tim.
6:7-10.
2.      We live in a material world and need to search the Scriptures and our hearts for practical application of God’s truth about covetousness (Col.
3:5).
(1)           It is possible to /covet your own goods/ (i.e.
contribution).
3.      Prophets, priests, people of Jeremiah’s day were all guilty of greed and they would pay ~/ lose!  Surely we have more than they did.
Could we be guilty?
IV.
/coldness/ (V.
11).
1.      Jeremiah preached the need for /repentance/, but false prophets proclaimed, “peace, peace, where there wsa
(1)           How often do we know the scriptures, but cry Peace, peace…
A.         It is not right when or if we do it.
We must fight to maintain the balance.
B.         I believe I erred in balance when I first began preaching.
I fear erring in the other direction (weary, aware, etc.).
C.
BUT, we have an obligation!!!!  To God!!!  To others!!!  To self!!!
2.      There is such a thing as */sin/* and it is lawlessness (1 Jn. 3:4).
(1)           It must be relinquished (Lk.
13:3).
(2)  It must be removed (Acts 2:38
3.
There is such a thing as */doctrine/* and some abide outside (2 Jn. 9-11).
4.      The path to peace is not paved with complacency, but with torment!
V.
/CALLOUSNESS/ (V.
12).
1.      Judah traveled a road that led her to no longer be ashamed of sin.
They didn’t even blush!
(1)           They were a people who called evil good and good evil.
They put darkness for light and light for darkness (Isa.
5:20).
(2)           They were a people who had become useless to God in their current state.
(3)           They departed from God, and they declined morally and spiritually.
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