JEREMIAH CHAPTER 1

This entry is part 1 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

An Introduction To The Book of Jeremiah

1. The preparations for service. (Jeremiah 1:7-10)
A. God made the person for that purpose. (Jer. 1:5) Rev. 4:11
B. Prophecy concerning the individual. (Jer. 1:7) 1 Tim. 1:18
– As with Timothy, Elijah, Paul, etc.
C. God’s Word will have the ultimate victory. (Jer. 1:8-10) Is. 55:11

2. The honesty of God’s calling. (Jeremiah 1:11-14)
A. Tells the truth about serving Him. Ezek. 3:4-10, Acts 9:15,16
B. Tells the response of the people. (Jer. 1:9)
*Many with incorrect views of the future try to justify their
vision through falsification of the results.

3. The danger of service. (Jeremiah 1:17)
(Becoming “confounded”=confused, ashamed)
A. Can easily be distracted. Is. 50:7
B. Can get out of focus, though having the right purpose.
C. Can become afraid, a cause and effect of little faith. Matt. 10:25-28

4. The protection in service. (Jeremiah 1:18-19)
A. What He did for Jeremiah. (Jer. 1:18)
B. What Jesus said to His disciples.
– Pick up serpents. Mark 16:18
– Taking two cloaks. Matt. 10:7-15
C. Other disciples, etc. Acts 18:10 (Paul)

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 2

This entry is part 2 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

Part 1


JEREMIAH’S MESSAGE TO THE BACKSLIDEN

A Behind The Scenes Look at Jeremiah’s Messages

1. The Importance and Holiness of Word From The Lord (Jeremiah 2:1-2)
A. It was vital to hear God’s Unchanging Word. MAL. 3:6, 2 COR.1:18-19
B. It was important to retain the purity of God’s Word. PRO. 30:5
C. It was important because it contained instruction. 2 TIM. 3:16
– For the prophet on when and how to give it.
– For the listener on what to do with it.

2. The Word Often Brings Up Forgotten Events. (Jeremiah 2:2-3)
A. QUESTION – Why were they forgotten ? EZEK. 23:35, JER. 13:25
B. QUESTION – Would they have been mentioned if the listener had already
learned the lesson from them ?
EX. 13:3, PS. 32:8

3. The Word Is Complete. (Jeremiah 2:4-37)
A. It tells the problem. JER. 2:11-13
B. It reminds people why the problem exists. (JER. 2:19 – Went Back)
C. It tells what will happen if a solution isn’t found. (JER. 2:36-37)
       EZEK. 33:7, 1 THES. 5:14
D. It tells of the solution. (In Part 2…)

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JEREMIAH’S MESSAGE LAYS OUT THE ISSUES
The Issues Between God and A Sinful Nation

1. The People Did Not Trust God. (“In God We Trust” – Just a Saying?)
Typical explanations (lies)-
– We do, but God can work through other nations
– We do, but the little things? God isn’t interested.
– We do, but there’s no real problem right now. Things are good.

2. The people forgot their origins. (JER. 2:32)
A. Their miraculous beginnings. JER. 2:2-3
B. Was once a nation of justice. Now picks on the innocent. JER. 2:34
– Does defense of the poor justify injustice? John 12:5-8
– Trusting in their own defenses. HOSEA 8:14
C. Too distracted by their blessings. HOSEA 13:6

3. The People Refuse to Repent.
A. Cannot hide their sin. (JER. 2:22) MATT. 12:26
B. Ashamed. (JER. 2:26) People ashamed of God. LUKE 9:26
– Shame as a part of the repentance opportunity. 2 THES. 3:14
– Can be avoided by doing right. 2 TIM. 2:15
C. Will turn to God when nothing else works. (JER. 2:27-29)
– God permits it only for a while. 2 CHRON. 15:4
D. Feels that just changing their ways will make them more acceptable to God.
(JER. 2:36-37) HEB. 11:6
E. The necessity of faith and trust has been omitted by them.

 

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 3

This entry is part 3 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

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REMINDING PEOPLE OF GOD’S DIFFERENCE

1. The Lord’s Willingness to Accept What Man Will Not
(Jeremiah 3:1) 2 Cor. 6:17
A. People are invited to come. The Spirit and the Bride Say “Come.”
Rev. 22:17, John 7:37
B. People are commanded to come. Matt. 22:4, Mark 1:17, John 21:12

2. The Lord’s Power To Change Whom He Receives.
A. It is vitally important to come to Him (sincerity isn’t enough).
Salvation in none other. Acts 4:12
Who else would receive.Matt. 9:13
The filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6
The not desired. Zephaniah 2:1
The outcasts. (Jer. 30:17) etc.
B. It is pleasurable – a blessing – to come to Him !
(Some are surprised at this.)
– He receives when others will not.
– He changes people when others cannot.
– He keeps us secure when others will not.

3. When we come to Him we are changed – Always !
A. Clean hands, pure heart only. Psalms 24:4
B. Washed. 1 Cor. 6:11, Rev. 1:5
C. Cleansed. Acts 10:15
D. New creature. Gal. 6:15
E. New garment – righteousness of Christ. Matt. 22:12

 

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THE FOLLY OF SEEKING SALVATION ANYWHERE ELSE

Do people make the same mistakes, and commit the same sins today?

1. Some look for nature, natural occurrences to save.
A. The hills and mountains. Rev. 6:16
B. The abundance of the earth. Water, pure air, etc.
Psalms 52:7 America today?
C. Healthy bodies – jogging, good foods, etc. 1 Tim. 4:8

2. Some seek salvation through other people.
A. Religious family members, men. Isaiah 47:13, Deut. 28:29
B. Priests, clergy, etc.
C. Other gods. (Jer. 2:28)
– All religions believe in a higher power, supreme being,
including atheism. (Counts “self” as being all-wise,all-knowing,
enough to rule out “God”)
– The Bible says there is no other name. Acts 4:12
D. Alliances with the devil.
– Even some Christians sometimes back off their responsibilities
thinking the devil will go easier on them.
– Isn’t that a type of ‘deal’ or agreement with the devil?
E. Political powers. Hosea 13:10

3. The Implications If Salvation Was Impossible Any Other Way.
(John 14:6-Jesus, The Exclusive Way)
A. God the Father was sadistic in sending Jesus to the cross.
B. Jesus was naive or foolish to be willing to go to the cross.
C. God really isn’t as important and essential as he says he is.
D. We have nothing to rely on because the Bible would not be true.

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THE SIN OF ADULTERY EXPOSED

*Judah Was Given One Last Godly King as A Last Opportunity To See The Truth
In Action. II Kings 22:1-2

Any Similarity To The Last Days, Before God Brings Judgement ?

1. What Does The Term “Adultery” Really Mean ? (Jer. 3:9-10)
A. (Strong’s #05003) Heb. = “to break the wedlock” or “break the
committment of marriage”
B. (Strong’s #3431) Greek = “to commit adultery with, to have unlawful
intercourse with another’s spouse.”

2. What Does The Term “Divorce” Really Mean ? (Jer. 3:8)
*Divorce = (Strong’s #03748) Heb. = divorcement, dismissal, a putting away)
BILL OF DIVORCEMENT= “A document putting away, cutting off,
or dismissing a guilty person from an innocent one.” Deut. 24:1-4
*NOTE: GOD DOES NOT CONSIDER AN INNOCENT PERSON, “DIVORCED”.
OTHERWISE, HE HIMSELF WOULD BE CONSIDERED DIVORCED
ACCORDING TO JER. 3:8

3. What Is Spiritual “Adultery” ?
A. Definition = “to break the commitment of a spiritual marriage.”
B. Examples in the word. Israel, end times: 1 Tim. 4:1, 2 Peter 2:15,
2 Tim. 4:10, 1 Tim. 1:19-20

4. Why is spiritual adultery so bad ?
A. God says it is, and commands against it. Exodus 20:14
B. The memory lingers in both parties’ minds.
C. It makes people wonder the value of the person cheated on.
D. It tells people that the marriage wasn’t good enough to keep.
E. It sets a bad example for others.
F. It hurts the innocent party.
G. It ultimately brings judgement on the guilty.

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 4

This entry is part 4 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

WHEN GOD SAYS, “RETURN…” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Is it ok to use our own interpretation of the word, ‘Return’?

1. What Does It Mean To ‘Return’?
A. Simply to go back to where you were. Num. 14:4
B. Obedience must occur when you return. Deut. 30:2-3
C. A change in behavior comes afterwards, as a result of returning.
(Jer. 1:11)

2. What Are The Results of Returning?
A. Mercy, pardon, forgiveness. (Jer. 35:15, & 36:3) Isaiah 55:7
B. Rejoicing – why ? Faith in the Lord receiving you. Isaiah 35:10
C. Withholding of God’s anger because of your sin. (Jer. 3:12)
D. Healings of the soul. (Jer. 3:22)
– Some are immediate, some are over time.
E. Stability and strength for you to stand. (Jer. 4:1)
F. God returns to you (in fellowship, etc.) Mal. 3:7
G. Renewed ability to distinguish between righteous and evil. Mal. 3:18

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 5

This entry is part 5 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

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WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE BLINDED TO THE TRUTH?

An evil generation goes rapidly toward judgement from God. Same today?

1. The Devil Blinded Them. 2 Cor. 4:4, 1 John 2:16
A. With activity. No time for God.
B. With desire, lust for things.
C. Pride in self. Cannot see true condition.

2. Darkness Around Them (The World) Blinded Them 1 John 2:11
A. Blinded by love for the world. Rev. 3:17
B. Blinded by lack of spiritual growth. 2 Peter 1:9

3. God Blinded Them. John 12:40
A. As an act of judgement for others to see. Acts 13:11
B. An act of judgement for accusing God of being blind.
(Jeremiah 12:4) Psalms 94:7-9

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FRUITS OF BAD THINKING

What Goes On In The Mind and Heart are Noted and Judged By Almighty God.
1 Chronicles 28:9

1. God holds people accountable for their thoughts. (Jer. 6:19)
A. Brought judgement of the flood. Gen.6:5
B. Issues warnings about them. Matt. 9:4

2. God notices which thoughts are absent. (Jer. 5:24)
A. Absence of thinking about God. Psalms 10:4
B. Absence of thinking about Jesus’ return. Luke 12:40

3. God provides a way to overcome evil thoughts.
A. Flee from them. 1 Cor. 10:14
B. Command thoughts from the devil to go.
C. Fill heart and mind with The Word. Psalms 139:17
– Evil thoughts yielding faulty reasoning come from the heart.
Luke 5:22, Matt. 15:19
– Jesus countered the devil with The Word of God.
– God’s thoughts are higher than ours. Isaiah 55:8
– God’s Word discerns the thoughts. Hebrews 4:12
D. Commit all your deeds to God first. Pro. 16:3

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SPIRITUAL POLLUTION AND THE CONSEQUENCES.

How Long Can A People Get By With Rejecting Their Maker ?

1. The loss of discernment.
*Is typical of a judgement-ready generation. Jonah 4:11
Only by returning to the Lord is it restored. Mal. 3:18
Can’t see the obvious, but see other things. Matt. 16:3
A. Quickly spreads to everyone in the society. (Jer. 5:1)
B. Continues to acknowledge God. (Jer. 5:2) Matt. 7:21-22
C. Is often vainly excused. (Jer. 5:4) Failure of God’s people to teach it.
We learn first- Psalm 119:66, Then teach others- Psalm 51:13
D. Affects all levels of society. (Jer. 5:5)

2. Natural consequences to such sin.
*Inability to control what could be controlled with discernment
and wisdom from God.

3. Justification of God’s decision to bring judgement.
A. Refused God, even when blessed. (Jer. 5:7-10)
Rejected the refuge of the True God. Psalm 9:9
B. People rejected God personally. (Jer. 5:11-14)
– Rejected His commandments.
– Denied who He is.
– Refused to believe He will judge them. 2 Peter 3:3-7
– False prophets, by their existence, are acts of rebellion.

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6

This entry is part 6 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

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WHEN OLD WAYS ARE BETTER THAN NEW ONES

1. Stand (put yourself again) in the old ways, and see.
*Requires observation. People can become too busy to realize
what is happening to them.

A. The oldest ways are God’s ways. Isaiah 55:9
B. The newer ways are our own ways. Psalm 119:59
C. Requires an honest receiving of the facts.
– Can’t be merely head knowledge. Psalms 95:10
– Can’t come from questionable sources.

2. Ask for the old ways
A. Must believe in the power of prayer. Mark 11:24
B. Must be willing to change. Jer. 16:12, 2 Kings 17:40
C. Must expect to receive.

3. Walk in the Old Ways.
A. Abandoning the ‘new’ ones.
– Turning around = Repentance.
B. There is blessing in the old ways. Pro. 23:26
C. There is condemnation in the new ways. Mal.2:9

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THE BELIEVER’S ROLE IN A CONDEMNED SOCIETY

Do We Really Know What God Wants Us To Be?

Jeremiah 6:27 – I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.

1. Purposes of a good tower.
A. To see better. Psalms 61:2 & Habakkuk 2:1
– God is our tower: Psalms 144:2
B. To defend better. 2 Chronicles 26:15
C. To be seen as a directional device.
(Towers, lighthouses, etc. all used as landmarks)

2. Purposes of a good fortress.
A. To defend the town from aggressors.
We should not be looked upon as the salvation of the lost.
We must always point them to God. Deut. 28:52
– Parents duty. The work of the perfect parent: John 17:15
– Husband’s duty: Ephesians 5:25
– Friend’s duty: 1 Tim. 2:1
B. To provide a high place to defeat the enemy.
C. To keep out what is evil. Psalms 18:2 (My Deliverer)
D. To provide confidence to others. Isaiah 62:6

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 7

This entry is part 7 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

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WHEN GOD MOVES OUT AND AWAY 

Jeremiah’s Message In The Temple Gate.

While a New Testament Believer Has Security, It Doesn’t Change Our Holy God’s Response To Sin.

1. God will not dwell where sin abounds.
A. Sin pollutes purity. Jer. 7:30
-Ezekiel 20:31 – No prayers heard. Psalm 66:18 & Isaiah 1:15
B. He will not remain there.
– Someone has to go. Psalm 101:7
– No fellowship. 1 Cor. 5:6-8
C. When a person repents, fellowship is restored. 1 John 1:7

2. God uses temples of purity.
A. Physical buildings. 1 Kings 9:3
B. Buildings of flesh. 1 Cor. 6:19

3. The issue of security.
*Old Testament different than new.
A. Old Testament Psalm 51:11
B. New Testament.Hebrews 13:5

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WHEN IT IS OF NO USE TO PRAY

Our Choice of Prayer Subjects Must Be Submissive To The Will of God, Or Our Entire Efforts Will Be Wasted.

1. When God says not to pray. (Jer. 11:14, 14:11)
A. Doing so would be sin, misplaced compassion. 1 John 5:2
B. Doing so would hinder your other prayers, since it would be iniquity.
Psalms 66:18

2. God knows the actual situation.
A. He knows when it is too late for the person to turn to Him.
Such prayers would take away your time from praying for more answerable
requests and other things). Gen. 18:23-33
– Hardness. Romans 2:5
– Unnoticed rebellion. Pro. 17:11 & Jer. 28:16
– Closed door. 2 Cor. 6:2
B. He knows when He had begun work to bring about judgement upon them.
Psalm 7:13 & Proverbs 19:29

3. God will not hear until heart is into the right works.
*This is part of true repentance.
A. The lost must be willing to change. Isaiah 1:15
B. The saved must not hold unconfessed sin. Psalms 66:18

4. God wants us to rest in His wisdom.
A. Praying for things that He commands. James 4:17

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KNOWING ABOUT JUDGEMENT

Should Make Us More Motivated to Live Closer to The Lord…Especially In These Last Days.

1. Continuing on for the love of God. (Jeremiah 7:25-27)
*Jeremiah had to face the truth about the difficulty of his work.
It would not be a picnic.
A. The people didn’t listen in times past.
B. The people would not listen in the future. Matt. 24:12, Mark 13:6, 2 Tim. 3:13
Even some so-called Christians will turn from the Truth. 1 Tim. 4:1
– Obey not.
– Refuse correction.
– Truth is cut off.
How can people know it if there are no Biblical standards? Jer. 7:19
C. The power of persistence from the Holy Spirit.
– For the Apostle Paul. 2 Cor. 11:25
– For other apostles. Acts 5:40

2. Failure to do God’s will results in great loss. (Jeremiah 7:34)
*Jeremiah saw this in others, didn’t want it for self.
A. Loss of peace from God. Isaiah 57:21
B. Loss of joy, happiness.
C. Judgements everyday.
– People will want to die. (Jer. 8:3)
– Blindness to their sins. (Jer. 8:5-7)
– Wisdom of the wise fails. (Jer. 8:9)
– Blessings of fruitfulness fail. (Jer. 8:13)
– Hopes of real peace dashed. (Jer. 8:15-16)
– Daily pests to afflict. (Jer. 8:17)

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 8

This entry is part 8 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS OF A JUDGEMENT GENERATION

Do These Conditions Exist In The World Today ?

1. Spiritual blindness. (Jer. 8:6)
A. Can’t accept that they did anything wrong.
(“…What have I done?…”)(Jer. 2:35) 1 John 1:10
B. Can’t recognize what sin is any longer. Isaiah 44:18
God blinds them fully when they show they don’t want to see.
C. Refuse to accept responsibility for what was happening.

2. Follow the crowd mentality. (“…As a horse…”) (Jer. 8:6)
A. What everyone else does, they do.
– Christians resist the world. 1 John 5:5
– Friendship with the world is dangerous. James 4:4
B. Parents no longer teach children to resist it.
(Instead, what are all the other kids wearing?”)

3. Kept false hopes. (Jer. 8:19)
A. God would bail them out if they asked. (“Is not the Lord in Zion?”) (Jer. 46:11)
B. They had balm (medicine)=man’s solutions to spiritual problems.
C. They had physicians. (But, no help for conditions that came from
spiritual sources).
D. False hopes in the past.
– Elijah was from Gilead. 1 Kings 17:1
– Things had changed since then. Hosea 6:8

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 9

This entry is part 9 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

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JEREMIAH’S REACTION TO THE SINS OF HIS PEOPLE

Should Christians Be Affected by The Sins of The World, Even Though They Don’t Participate ?

1. Sorrow over the wages of sin on others. (Jer. 9:1)
A. Jesus did. Luke 19:41 & Mark 14:34
B. We should. (Save with compassion.) Jude 1:22

2. Desire to flee from the evil of others.  (Jer. 9:2)
– David. Psalm 55:6

3. Honest assessment of the sins of others. Jer. 9:4
**The final stage of moral depravity.
– No one can be trusted. Micah 7:5
Yet they trust lying words. (Jer. 7:4,8)
– People will be sneaky (subtle).
– Neighbors slander one another. Num. 14:36
– People deceive one another. 2 Tim. 3:13
*(The key to modern advertising)
– Teach themselves how to lie. 1 Tim. 9-10
– Weary themselves to commit iniquity. Matt. 24:12

– Part 2 –
WHAT GOD WILL DO WHEN PEOPLE TURN AGAINST HIM

Can God Get Angry At His Own People, and Bring Serious Judgement To Them ? Yes !! Rev. 3:16

1. I will melt them and test them. (Jer. 9:7)
A. None can stand against the heat of God’s wrath. Nahum 1:6, Rev. 6:17
B. Greatest wrath yet to come. Matt. 3:7
– Believers saved from it through the blood of Christ. 1 Thess. 1:10

2. I will visit them and avenge my soul. (Jer. 9:9)
A. It is a time of assessment. Luke 19:44, Gen. 19:21-22
B. God’s visitation can be a blessing. Job 10:12
C. Can be a time of judgement. Micah 7:4

3. I will bring saddening destruction. (Jer. 9:10-11)
A. God can use men to accomplish this. Haggai 2:22, 1 Sam. 5:9-11
Isaiah 13:6

B. Doesn’t have to be so. Psalm 103:4

4. I will feed them wormwood and gall. (Jer. 9:15)
*Deut. 29:18 “Bitterness”

JEREMIAH CHAPTER 10

This entry is part 10 of 48 in the series Jeremiah

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THE CRISIS WHEN THE FEAR OF GOD IS ABSENT

How Could People Who Know So Much NOT Fear The Lord ? (Jer. 10:7) Acts 9:31

1. How do we know when the fear of the Lord is not present ?
A. When people think they can do whatever God does.
– manufacturing creative works, etc. (Jer. 10:9)
B. When people make their own gods. (Jer. 10:2-5)
– They create their own image of God. Rom. 1:21-23
– They obviously worship other gods. (Even modern man.)
Col. 3:5 explains what idol worship is today.
– Even going along with others would be wrong. Dan. 3:18

2. The attributes of God should cause healthy fear.
A. We need His wisdom. (Jer. 10:7)
– Comes only by absolute faith. James 1:5
B. We need His might. (Jer. 10:6) Eph. 1:19
C. We must avoid His anger. (Jer. 10:10) Heb. 10:31
– By faithful obedience, not complaint. Num. 11:1
– By truthful confession of our sins. (Jer. 2:35)

3. What an angry God could do.
A. Chasten His own people. (Jer. 10:16-18)
– People close to Him don’t want His correction in anger. (Jer. 10:24)
Psalm 6:1, Psalm 38:3
– After chastening, comfort. Isaiah 12:1
B. Come against the unbelievers. (Jer. 10:25) Zech. 7:12

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ARE WE SEEING THE THINGS RIGHT BEFORE US ?

Bible Prophecy Can Either Be An Eye-opener, or Another Giant Yawn If We Aren’t Careful !

1. Seeing judgement should motivate a sensitive heart. (Jer. 10:24)
A. Seeing the way the world has become. 2 Pet. 3:11
B. Seeing the way families have become. Luke 12:45, 2 Tim. 3:3
C. Seeing the way marriages have become. Mal. 2:13-15

2. Seeing the world’s sins should make us see how much sin affects us. (Jer. 10:25)
A. Worldly attitude towards personal sin. “It’s someone elses fault.” Rom. 2:15
B. Wordly acceptance of sin. “Everybody does it.” Matt. 24:12, John 21:21
C. Worldly excuse for sin. “No judgement day ahead.” 2 Peter 3:4

3. Seeing that sin is the breaking of any of God’s laws.
A. Covenant or agreement. Ex. 19:5, Lev. 26:15
B. A command. Gen. 2:16
C. Guidance or leading from the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:2 & 4, 15:28, 16:6, 20:23

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WHY DOES GOD HAVE TO REPEAT HIMSELF ?

It Seems That Some Scriptures Are Simply Repeated Messages From The Past !
1 John 2:21, 5:13

1. Why does God have to tell us things we already know ?
A. We might not know them as well as we think. Matt. 6:7, Luke 12:40
B. We all need reminding from time to time. Rom. 12:3, Gal. 6:3
C. It is convenient to forget some things. James 1:24

2. Why must God repeat His messages periodically ?
A. Thick necks. (Comes from taking blessings the wrong way.)
Deut. 32:15, 2 Chron. 26:16
B. Some people cannot hear or see. 2 Pet. 1:9
C. Some have hard hearts. Mark 6:52, Heb. 3:13

3. The religion of the heathen is current.
A. Worship of material things. Rom. 1:25, 1 John 2:15
B. Attributing powers to inanimate objects.
C. Embellishing the gods of the world does nothing but make them more
attractive to others.