08 August 19, 2012 Jeremiah 20;1 13 Rise Above Discouragement
RISE ABOVE DISCOURAGEMENT JEREMIAH 20:1-13 AUGUST 19, 2012 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, USA OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 3:15 P. M. - 5:00 P. M.Water Distribution for the State employees at the Sillers Building and at the SupremeCourt Building. Meet in the Chapel Dining Room for instructions, assignments andprayer time at 3:15 p.m., then at 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m. hand out water for FBCJ’sinvitation to our “Good Neighbors”. If anyone would like to volunteer, contact CathyJeffcoats at CJeffcoats@FBCJ.org or call 601-949-1941 or come at 3:15 onWednesday to the Chapel Dining Room. REVIVAL SEPTEMBER 9-12 Dr. Frank Page, Preaching Kevin Batson, Minister of Music at Taylors First Baptist Church, Taylors, SC Leading Music Sunday, September 9 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Worship Sunday night 6:00 p.m. Worship Monday, September 10-Wednesday, September 12 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Lunch: 11:30-12:10 - Lunch $5.00 Lite Line, $6.00 for Regular Line) Weekday Revival Services 12:10-12:45 p.m. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Supper in Fellowship Hall East (same price as Wednesday evening) 6:00 p.m. Revival in Sanctuary (On Wednesday there will be no other Wednesday night activities) Camp-What-A-Family Lake Forest Ranch September 28-30 25th Anniversary Brochures are available or look online at FBCJ.org for all details. There will also be an opportunity to attend on Saturday only. $5.00 day fee with $10.00 per person for each meal.
RISE ABOVE DISCOURAGEMENT JEREMIAH 20:1-13Definition of discourage -To deprive of confidence, to deprive of hope or spirit.To try to prevent by expressing disapproval or raising objections.SYNONYMS: dishearten, dispirit.To make less hopeful or less enthusiastic.Enthusiastic - Origin: 1595-1605; Greek enthousiastikós which ultimately comes fromentheos: from en (“within”) and theos (“God”) “having God within”. American Heritage Dictionary
It is God in us (en theos) that gives us our motivations and passions.Enthusiasm is the opposite of discouragement.God’s enemy wants us to forget that God is our Source and attempts to “discourage”us with his lies and messages of hopelessness.The antonym of discourage is encourage.God has already given us enough courage to face today and the challenges that itbrings.2 Peter 1:3 NIV3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through ourknowledge of Him Who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 NIVEvery time God’s enemy attempted to tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:1-12, Jesus quotedGod’s word in order to defeat Satan.We should do the same.
Ephesians 3:20“God is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to thepower (His Holy Spirit) that works in us.”1 Samuel 30:6“David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”Jude 20“Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”Romans 10:17“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”Discouragement is:1) dissatisfaction with the past,2) distaste for the present,3) distrust of the future.It is:1) ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday,2) indifference to the opportunities of today,3) insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow.Discouragement is:1) unawareness of the presence of beauty,2) unconcern for the needs of others,3) unbelief in the promises of old.It is:1) impatience with time,2) immaturity of thought,3) impoliteness to God. William Ward, Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 18Plough Ahead Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible.Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth, rain or shine.To carry your cargo and make port is the point. (opPORTunity) Maltbie Babcock Bits and Pieces June, 1990, p. 12 From Bible.org
This lesson is about:1) honestly dealing with the discouragement and doubts we will experience as weserve the Lord and2) maintaining the proper focus on God during those times of discouragement andweariness as we serve Him.Galatians 6:9-10a9“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not growweary. 10a So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people” Galatians 6:9-10aJeremiah 20:1-13 HCSB1 “Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer and chief official in the temple of the Lord,heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2 So Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophetbeaten and put him in the stocks at the Upper Benjamin Gate in the Lord’s temple.3 The next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said tohim, “The Lord does not call you Pashhur, but Magor-missabib (MAY gahr-mih SAYbib), 4 for this is what the Lord says, ‘I am about to make you a terror to both yourselfand those you love. They will fall by the sword of their enemies before your very eyes. Iwill hand Judah over to the king of Babylon, and he will deport them to Babylon andput them to the sword. 5 I will give away all the wealth of this city, all its products andvaluables. Indeed, I will hand all the treasures of the kings of Judah over to theirenemies. They will plunder them, seize them, and carry them off to Babylon. 6 As foryou, Pashhur, and all who live in your house, you will go into captivity. You will go toBabylon. There you will die, and there you will be buried, you and all your friends thatyou prophesied falsely to.’”7 You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived. You seized me and prevailed. I am a laughingstock all the time; everyone ridicules me.
8 For whenever I speak, I cry out, I proclaim, “Violence and destruction!” because the word of the Lord has become for me constant disgrace and derision.9 If I say, “I won’t mention Him or speak any longer in His name,” His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.10 For I have heard the gossip of many people, “Terror is on every side! Report him; let’s report him!” Everyone I trusted watches for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived so that we might prevail against him and take our vengeance on him.”11 But the Lord is with me like a violent warrior. Therefore, my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. Since they have not succeeded, they will be utterly shamed, an everlasting humiliation that will never be forgotten.12 Lord of Hosts, testing the righteous and seeing the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for I have presented my case to You.13 Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord, for He rescues the life of the needy from the hand of evil people.” Jeremiah 20:1-13 HCSBScripture never tries to hide the weaknesses of God’s servants. Their failures oftenstemmed from either fear, anger orFear motivated Abraham to lie about his relationship with Sarah more than once(Genesis 12 & 20).
Anger at the Israelites’ hard-heartedness caused Moses to strike the rock to gainwater instead of just speaking to it as God had commanded him (Numbers 20).Elijah became extremely discouraged after Jezebel threatened his life for defeatingthe 500 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (I Kings 19).On one occasion when Paul’s life was threatened, Christ appeared to him toencourage him (Acts 23:10-11; also see Acts 27:23-24).Jeremiah had his weak moments too.Like Moses, Jeremiah was opposed by God’s people.Like Elijah, Jeremiah was threatened by a powerful ruler.Like Paul, Jeremiah was imprisoned.This lesson focuses on Jeremiah’s discouragement , explains that it is not uncommonfor God’s people to get down and discouraged as they serve Him, and providesinsights that will help us to overcome discouragement as we serve Christ.Jeremiah 20:11 “Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer and chief official in the temple of the Lord,heard Jeremiah prophesying these things.” Jeremiah 20:1The very one who should have welcomed Jeremiah’s words from the Lord, Pashhur,was the main aggressor against him. Pashhur had prophesied falsely.Jeremiah had been prophesying the truth.True friends tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.Your best friend is the one who tells you the most truth.
Have you been avoiding speaking a difficult word to a friend?Jeremiah 20:22 “So Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put him in the stocks at theUpper Benjamin Gate in the Lord’s temple.” Jeremiah 20:2Pashhur had Jeremiah beaten which may refer to the maximum of 40 lashesfrom Deut. 25:3 that was later modified in Jewish legal procedures to 39 lashes formisconduct.The Law of Moses demanded the death penalty for false prophets in Deut. 18:20 so itseems strange that Pashhur did not have Jeremiah executed.As the priest, one of Pashhur’s jobs was to preserve order in the Temple. To him,Jeremiah was trouble & he had him beaten and placed in the stocks.The Hebrew word for stocks means “causing distortion” since the prisoner was nearlydoubled up.Pashhur had been distorting what God wanted said so now he would attempt todistort Jeremiah, God’s prophet at the Upper Benjamin’s Gate, one of the busiestlocations of the city where people could observe Jeremiah in an effort to add to hispain and humiliation.Jeremiah 20:3-43 “The next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said tohim, ‘The Lord does not call you Pashhur, but Magor-missabib’ (MAY gahr-mih SAYbib),4 for this is what the Lord says, ‘I am about to make you a terror to both yourself andthose you love. They will fall by the sword of their enemies before your very eyes. I willhand Judah over to the king of Babylon, and he will deport them to Babylon and putthem to the sword.’”
Name changes are significant in Scripture, and this one predicted God’s judgmenton Pashhur.The name Pashhur could be of Egyptian origin, meaning “son of Horus”.His new name means “terror all around”.If God renamed you, what might He call you based on your behavior and character?Pashhur may have been one of the leaders superficially claiming, “Peace, peace” toa broken people (Jeremiah 8:11). But there would be no peace, only terror.Jeremiah 8:10b-12a10b “From prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.11 They have treated superficially the brokenness of My dear people, claiming, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.12a Were they ashamed when they acted so abhorrently? They weren’t at all ashamed. They can no longer feel humiliation.” Jeremiah 8:10b-12aThe Day of the Lord1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, 6, 8b, 112 ”For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like athief in the night. 3 When they say, “Peace and security,” then suddendestruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and theywill not escape. … 6 So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awakeand be serious. … 8b we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on ourchests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation. ... 11 Therefore encourage oneanother and build each other up as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, 6, 8b, 11
Signs of the End of the Age Luke 21:7-19 The Destruction of Jerusalem Luke 21:20-24 The Coming of the Son of Man Luke 21:25-28Signs of the End of the Age Luke 21:7-197 “so when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things areabout to take place?8 Watch out, many will come in My name … . Don’t follow them.9 You will hear of wars and rebellions ...11 … earthquakes, and famines ...12 Before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you becauseof My name.13 It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness.15 for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will beable to resist or contradict.16 You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends.They will kill some of you.” Luke 21:7-19The Destruction of Jerusalem Luke 21:20-2420 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies.24 Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles arefulfilled.” Luke 21:20-24The Coming of the Son of Man Luke 21:25, 2725 “Then there will be signs…27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:25, 27The Need for Watchfulness Luke 21:34-3634 “Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing,drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly35 like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth.36 But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all thesethings that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36
Pashhur would observe the destruction of those he was supposed to protect: family,friends, city and Temple.He most likely was taken to Babylon in 586 B.C. where he witnessed the deaths of hisown family and where he died far from everything that meant anything to him.6 “As for you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house, you will go into captivity.You will go to Babylon. There you will die, and there you will be buried, you and allyour friends that you prophesied falsely to.”Despite having just been tortured by Pashhur, Jeremiah did not refrain fromcontinuing to speak God’s truth and to tell the priest what God had in store for him.Sometimes circumstances bring discouragement and sometimes people do but Godalways expects us to remain faithful in serving Him regardless of the cost to us & tothose around us.Even though we expect discouragement (John 16:33), we do not have to allow it tohave victory over us (Romans 8).Publicly Jeremiah continued his ministry, but privately he was discouraged and hewent to God in prayer and honestly expressed his feelings.Let this be a reminder to us that some of our leaders may appear strong to uspublically when inside, they may be on the brink of despair and need our support.7 “You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived. You seized me and prevailed. I am a laughingstock all the time; everyone ridicules me.8 For whenever I speak, I cry out, I proclaim, “Violence and destruction!” because the word of the Lord has become for me constant disgrace and derision.9 If I say, “I won’t mention Him
or speak any longer in His name,” His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.10 For I have heard the gossip of many people, “Terror is on every side! Report him; let’s report him!” Everyone I trusted watches for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived so that we might prevail against him and take our vengeance on him.”’Jeremiah had been serving God faithfully for 20 years when this happened to him.He had been warning folks of God’s judgment and no one was listening.God had showed Jeremiah that a train wreck was approaching and he longed forrepentance from those he loved.We as parents feel discouraged when our children don’t heed our warnings and ittakes a toll on us.Francis Schaeffer said that “If you love God and love men and have compassion forthem, you will pay a real price psychologically.” Dont be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.Following Jeremiah’s example, one of the first steps in overcoming discouragement isto confess our feelings to God.He is certainly big enough to handle our frustrations.Jeremiah told God that the gossip was getting to him in verse 10, “For I have heardthe gossip of many people”.Gossip is deadly to God’s kingdom work.We are to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) but never to gossip.The Hebrew word translated “gossip” in the OT is defined as “one who goes about asa talebearer or scandal-monger.”Gossip is distinguished from sharing information in two ways:1. Intent. Gossipers often have the goal of building themselves up by making otherslook bad and exalting themselves as some kind of repositories of knowledge.
2. The type of information shared. Gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others,or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of otherswithout their knowledge or approval. Even if they mean no harm, it is still damaginggossip.In the book of Romans, Paul reveals the sinful nature and lawlessness of mankind,stating how God poured out His wrath on those who rejected His laws (includinggossiping). Romans 1:29b-32Romans 1:28b-3128b “God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full ofenvy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful.” Romans 1:28b-31We see from this passage how serious the sin of gossip is and that it characterizesthose who are under God’s wrath.Gossips hear and observe situations which they can distort. “A gossip betrays aconfidence; so avoid a man [or woman] who talks too much” (Proverbs 20:19).
“A fools mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a gossipare like choice morsels; they go down to a mans inmost parts” (Proverbs 18:7-8).Those who guard their tongues keep themselves from calamity (Proverbs 21:23).So we must guard our tongues and refrain from the sinful act of gossip.May we all follow the Bible’s teaching on gossip by keeping our mouths shut unless it isnecessary and appropriate to speak.Jeremiah felt as if no one had his back and that everyone was talking behind hisback by turning Pashhur’s God-given name into a slurring nickname for Jeremiah.The gossips would say, “Here comes old Mr-Terror-on Every-Side himself”.Jeremiah’s pain was so great that he, like Job, lamented the day of his birth(Jeremiah 20:14-18; Job 3:1-12).Jeremiah 20:1414 “May the day I was born be cursed. May the day my mother bore me never beblessed.” Jeremiah 20:14There is a difference between complaining about our circumstances to others andconfessing our frustrations to God.When God calls us to a task, He will give us the strength and fortitude to do what Hewants us to do.
Jeremiah 20:99 If I say, “I won’t mention Him or speak any longer in His name,”His messagebecomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones.I become tired of holding it in,and I cannot prevail.” Jeremiah 20:9How would the world be different if all believers felt as though God’s message was“fire in our hearts” and we were compelled to share it with others?Jeremiah 20:11-1311 “But the Lord is with me like a violent warrior. Therefore, my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. Since they have not succeeded, they will be utterly shamed, an everlasting humiliation that will never be forgotten.12 Lord of Hosts, testing the righteous and seeing the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for I have presented my case to You.13 Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord, for He rescues the life of the needy from the hand of evil people.” Jeremiah 20:1-13“But the Lord is with me” in v11 is also proclaimed in Zephaniah 3:17:17 “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“the Lord is with me like a violent warrior” views God as a Champion and Defender ofthose who serve Him.God has gone to war and will go to war for you!The change in tone in these last three verses is quite abrupt and marks the change inJeremiah’s attitude.Jeremiah stopped thinking about his situations through the filter of his experiencesand began to consider them in the light of God’s greatness and power.This is the only way Jeremiah – and we – can keep our difficulties in perspective.We must remember Who is in control and our problems begin to fade into thebackground as praise rises to the foreground.What are some of your experiences when God calmed your fears and helped you tosee Him?What are some situations when you tend to feel out of control? Illnesses? bad weather? financial difficulties? family crises?How can we give God the praise in each of these situations?How does our desire to be in control prevent our trusting God to take care of us?Following Jeremiah’s journey is like riding a roller coaster. He’s up, then he’s down,then he’s up again!We may wonder about ourselves during times of discouragement.
Voices try to drag us down. Others bring us up. Which ones speak for God?What voices do you hear when you’re discouraged?Which messages do you pay the most attention to?What does that do for your level of discouragement?The whispers of those who declared they would prevail against Jeremiah threatenedto drag the prophet into the quicksand of discouragement. But he refused to give into those messages.Instead he chose to believe God’s promise, “I am with you to rescue you.” (Jeremiah1:19)Jeremiah quit focusing on the hardship and humiliation and chose to focus on theGod Who would deliver him from those who opposed him.Jeremiah remembered that God was his faithful warrior and everything He toldJeremiah came true.Jeremiah was so certain that God would prevail that he sang a victory song!Do you think Jeremiah’s song of praise came after God raised him out ofdiscouragement or did the praise raise Jeremiah? Or both? What say ye?The ultimate source of our discouragement is Satan.We must remember that God has already defeated Satan.Everything God has promised about our victorious future will come true.He shows us what to do in the meantime.God has provided us with this glimpse into Jeremiah’s psyche to encourage us andlet us know that His servants get discouraged.
The people God uses are not emotionless super-humans but real people whogenuinely care.They want to please God!Every bout of discouragement presents us with a choice.We can keep looking down at the frustrations and decide to stop serving God.Or we can look up in prayer and continue serving the God Who saved us from the pitof Hell.It is certainly appropriate to confess our frustrations to God, but if we want to riseabove discouragement, we must conclude with worship.Jeremiah followed Job’s example and made the large jump from pessimism topraise.Discouragement is not always a sign of unhealthy mood swings.During those times of discouragement and despair, we call on God for help andguidance.We should sing praises to Him even in the midst of persecution, suffering and despair.We remain confident that He is in control.He proved His love for us at the cross!Let us rise above discouragement.
5 Biblical truths of this lesson: 1) Those who serve God faithfully can expect opposition from God’s enemies, even to the point of torture. 2) God calls on us to be faithful in proclaiming His Word regardless of the cost to us or to those around us. 3) God’s Word is sometimes hard to proclaim, especially if it says something people we love and want to help are offended by – but we do so anyway. 4) Feeling frustrated or discouraged while serving the Lord is not uncommon. At such times, we should be honest with God about those feelings. 5) God’s people need to remain confident in Him as the Sovereign of the universe Who will accomplish His purpose and vindicate them at the proper time.2 Corinthians 4:8-98 We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not indespair; 9 we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but notdestroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-92 Corinthians 4:16-1816 “Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed,our inner person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary light affliction isproducing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 18 So we do notfocus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but whatis unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18Assignment for next week is to study Jeremiah chapters 37 and 38.
Psalm 27My StrongholdWritten by David1 ”The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom should I be afraid?2 When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.3 Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confident.4 I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple.5 For He will conceal me in His shelter in the day of adversity; He will hide me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high on a rock.6 Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord.7 Lord, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me.8 My heart says this about You, “You are to seek My face.” Lord, I will seek Your face.9 Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me, God of my salvation.10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me.11 Because of my adversaries, show me Your way, Lord, and lead me on a level path.12 Do not give me over to the will of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence.13 I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.”Psalm 27