A People Apart

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Jeremiah 35. Attributes of Christians as a people apart.

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A People Apart

  1. 1. A People Apart Jeremiah 35:14
  2. 2. <ul><li>Jeremiah 35: 1-2 </li></ul>A People Apart This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: 2 &quot;Go to the Recabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the LORD and give them wine to drink.&quot;
  3. 3. Who are the Recabites? <ul><li>The Recabites were a nomadic clan (35:7-10) descended from “Jonadab [or Jehonadab] son of Recab” (v. 6) </li></ul><ul><li>assisted Jehu in exterminating Baal worship from Israel (2 Kings 10:15-27) </li></ul><ul><li>They were related to the Kenites (1 Chron. 2:54-55) who descended from Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro (Judg. 1:16) </li></ul><ul><li>Jonadab Ben Recad rejected a settled way of life for the life of a nomad, and his lifestyle became the norm for his clan (Jer. 35:6-10). </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Jeremiah 35: 3-5 </li></ul>A People Apart So I went to get Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons--the whole family of the Recabites. 4 I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper. 5 Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the men of the Recabite family and said to them, &quot;Drink some wine.&quot;
  5. 5. <ul><li>Jeremiah 35: 6-11 </li></ul>A People Apart But they replied, &quot;We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jonadab son of Recab gave us this command: `Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. 7 Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.' 8 We have obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab son of Recab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine 9 or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops. 10 We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab commanded us. 11 But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded this land, we said, `Come, we must go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian and Aramean armies.' So we have remained in Jerusalem.&quot;
  6. 6. Who are the Recabites? <ul><li>The four prohibitions of the Recabites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not drink wine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not build a house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not sow a seed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not plant or own a vineyard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>traveled in the wilderness of the Negev (Judg. 1:16; 1 Sam. 15:6) </li></ul><ul><li>were iron-monger, artisans dealing with iron or even makers of chariots </li></ul><ul><li>the ‘family secrets’ of iron making </li></ul><ul><li>keep this secret within the family, they are forbidden to drink vine and become nomadic. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Jeremiah 35: 3-5 </li></ul>A People Apart Solomon’s temple
  8. 8. <ul><li>Jeremiah 35: 12-16 </li></ul>A People Apart Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying: 13 &quot;This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, `Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?' declares the LORD. 14 `Jonadab son of Recab ordered his sons not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather's command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. 15 Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, &quot;Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your fathers.&quot; But you have not paid attention or listened to me. 16 The descendants of Jonadab son of Recab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.'
  9. 9. A People Apart &quot;Therefore, this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.' &quot; JER 35:18 Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabites, &quot;This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.' 19 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `Jonadab son of Recab will never fail to have a man to serve me.' &quot; Jeremiah 35: 17-19
  10. 10. A People Apart I.     The test of the Recabites (vv 1–11) A.     The Lord’s command (vv 1–2) B.     Jeremiah’s obedient response (vv 3–4) C.     The test (v 5) D.     The testimony of the Recabite lifestyle (vv 6–10) E.     The reason for the Recabite presence in Jerusalem (v 11) II.   Prose oracle against the Israelites (vv 12–17) A.     Contrast between the Recabites and faithless Judah (vv 12–16) B.     The word of judgment (v 17) III. An oracle of promise for the Recabites (vv 18–19) An object lesson
  11. 11. A People Apart An object lesson
  12. 12. A People Apart Eugene Peterson The essence of Jeremiah’s message is this; “You also have a father who has commanded you to live in total relationship to him. You know that he has set you apart to a live of love. Why don’t you live in response to it? If you think it is because ordinary, mortal human beings can’t do it, think again. The Recabites are ordinary, mortal human beings and they have been doing it for 250 years
  13. 13. A People Apart Eugene Peterson You also have a way of life that requires a certain disciplines to maintain its character. The disciplines involve you in making specific decisions about the way you live: regular worship, faithful prayer, tithing and caring for the poor, moral conduct and the pursuit of righteousness. Now, why don’t you do it? If you think that it is too rigorous a life for ordinary mortal human beings, think again. The Recabites are ordinary mortal humans, and they have been doing it for 250 years.
  14. 14. A People Apart <ul><li>The four prohibitions of the Recabites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not drink wine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not build a house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not sow a seed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shall not plant or own a vineyard </li></ul></ul>Recabites’ Distinctive
  15. 15. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who are saved, worshipful and prayerful </li></ul></ul>John 3:17-21 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.&quot;
  16. 16. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who knows the Word of God </li></ul></ul>Matt. 4:4 MT 4:4 Jesus answered, &quot;It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' &quot;
  17. 17. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who loves the people of God </li></ul></ul>John 13: 34 Jesus said 34 &quot;A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.&quot;
  18. 18. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who loves those people who do not know God </li></ul></ul>Matt. 5:43-48 43 &quot;You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
  19. 19. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who lives their lives with integrity </li></ul></ul>MT 5:33 &quot;Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' 34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 Simply let your `Yes' be `Yes,' and your`No,' `No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
  20. 20. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who experience joy </li></ul></ul>John 15: 9-11 9 &quot;As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
  21. 21. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who are free </li></ul></ul>John 8: 32-36 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.&quot; JN 8:33 They answered him, &quot;We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?&quot; JN 8:34 Jesus replied, &quot;I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  22. 22. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who are saved, worshipful and prayerful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who knows the Word of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who loves the people of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who loves those people who do not know God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who lives their lives with integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who experience joy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who are free </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. A People Apart Lessons for us <ul><ul><li>Saved, worshipful and prayerful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study the Word of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do something for one Christian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do something for one non-Christian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live each day with integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive joy in our lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise your freedom to Please God </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>people who are saved, worshipful and prayerful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who knows the Word of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who loves the people of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who loves those people who do not know God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who lives their lives with integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who experience joy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>people who are free </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>THE PLEASURE OF GOD </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. A People Apart Christians’ Distinctive <ul><ul><li>Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessings </li></ul></ul>

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