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The Real Thing

  1. 1. The Real ThingJeremiah 9: 23, 24 The real basis for boasting
  2. 2. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 What will you boast about?
  3. 3. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24
  4. 4. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24
  5. 5. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 23 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. NIV
  6. 6. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Michelangelo's Jeremiah King Josiah listening to the Law
  7. 7. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Jeremiah prophesies at great personal cost the deserved fall of Jerusalem, seventy year captivity, judgment of the Gentiles, and restoration under a new covenant, to give hope and exhort Judah to accept God’s inevitable judgment by yielding to Babylon (Rick Griffins, OT Survey. Vol.2, p.474)
  8. 8. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Rembrandt’s Prophet Jeremiah Mourning the Destruction of Jerusalem
  9. 9. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Deserved Captivity & Undeserved Restoration Jeremiah’s Call Judah’s Judgment Deserved Nations’ Judgment Deserved Jerusalem’s Fall Chapter 1 Chapters 2–45 Chapters 46–51 Chapter 52 Commission Condemnation & Comfort Condemnation Captivity Judgment Message but God’s Presence Pre-Fall 2–38 Fall 39 Post- Fall 40–44 Baruch 45 South- west 46–47 East 48:1– 49:22 North 49:23- 33 North- east 49:34– 51:64 Fall 52:1-30 Rise 52:31-34 Prologue Ministry Epilogue Judah Nations Babylon c. 627-580 BC Book of Jeremiah
  10. 10. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 (1) their false dependence on the temple (2) the nation’s idolatry worship of other Gods. Jeremiah’s Temple Address Chapter 7-10
  11. 11. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Jer. 9: 23 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
  12. 12. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 JER 8:8 " `How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? 9 The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have? JER 8:10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. JER 8:11 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. "Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace.
  13. 13. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 The real reason to boast Jer. 9: 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
  14. 14. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 The real way to please God is to 1. understand and know (yā a‘) Godḏ 2. exercise God’s kindness ( ese )ḥ ḏ 3. exercise God’s justice (mišpo )ṭ 4. exercise God’s righteousness ( e āqâh)ṣ ḏ
  15. 15. The Real Basis for Boasting Seven Ways for Us to Please God 1. To understand and know God we must know His word The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 •Listen •Read •Memorise •Meditate
  16. 16. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God
  17. 17. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order 3. To understand and know God we must pray The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God
  18. 18. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order 3. To understand and know God we must pray 4. We must be kind to others The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God •Polite •Respect
  19. 19. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order 3. To understand and know God we must pray 4. We must be kind to others 5. We must be kind to ourselves The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God
  20. 20. The Real Basis for Boasting 5. We must be kind to ourselves The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God •Accept who we are •Accept what cannot be changed •Accept your past •Heal our inner wounds •Follow your Calling •Never be afraid to fail
  21. 21. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order 3. To understand and know God we must pray 4. We must be kind to others 5. We must be kind to ourselves 6. We must seek justice The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God
  22. 22. The Real Basis for Boasting 6. We must seek justice The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God •Help the poor •Defend the oppressed •Be involved with nation building
  23. 23. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order 3. To understand and know God we must pray 4. We must be kind to others 5. We must be kind to ourselves 6. We must seek justice 7. We must live with integrity The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God
  24. 24. The Real Basis for Boasting 1. To understand and know God we must know His word 2. To understand and know God we must know His created order 3. To understand and know God we must pray 4. We must be kind to others 5. We must be kind to ourselves 6. We must seek justice 7. We must live with integrity The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God
  25. 25. The Real Basis for Boasting 7. We must live with integrity The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 Seven Ways for Us to Please God •Honesty •Morality
  26. 26. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 The Real Basis for Boasting
  27. 27. The Real Thing Jeremiah 9: 23, 24 The Real Basis for Boasting
  28. 28. Sermon statement To boast of our wisdom, strength or wealth is baseless. The real basis for any boasting is knowing God and exercising His kind of kindness, justice and righteousness on earth now.

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