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Open Ears

Jeremiah 6:9-15 (NIV)


9This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Let them glean the remnant of Israel

as thoroughly as a vine;

pass your hand over the branches again,

like one gathering grapes.”

10To whom can I speak and give warning?

Who will listen to me?

Their ears are closed

so they cannot hear.

The word of the Lord is offensive to them;

they find no pleasure in it.

11But I am full of the wrath of the Lord,

and I cannot hold it in.

“Pour it out on the children in the street

and on the young men gathered together;

both husband and wife will be caught in it,

and the old, those weighed down with years.

12Their houses will be turned over to others,

together with their fields and their wives,

when I stretch out my hand

against those who live in the land,”

declares the Lord.

13“From the least to the greatest,

all are greedy for gain;

prophets and priests alike,

all practice deceit.

14They dress the wound of my people

as though it were not serious.

‘Peace, peace,’ they say,

when there is no peace.

15Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?

No, they have no shame at all;

they do not even know how to blush.

So they will fall among the fallen;

they will be brought down when I punish them,”

says the Lord.


 

        I.            Introduction:

      II.            Open Ears Can Avoid The Wrath of God: Judgment to Come

a.       A Dangerous Enemy

b.      A Danger For Everyone

    III.            Open Ears Can Hear The Word of Warning: God’s Word Through The True Prophet

a.       A Word that Is Seen as Offensive

b.      A Word that is Often Rejected

    IV.            Open Ears Must Watch Out For Deception: False Security Through The False Prophets

a.       A  Message of False Assurance

b.      A Message for Personal Gain

c.       A Message That Ends in Disaster

      V.            Conclusion:

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