This is the sermon for Sunday, June 27th, 2010.
Biblical descriptions of God’s Word.
Jeremiah 15:16 ESV – Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
There are many different type of descriptions that people use to describe the Word of God.
Common modern descriptions:
- A road map.
- A love letter.
- Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
- A book for life transformation.
Some of these may be alright, but really, these just don’t compare to the descriptions the Bible itself uses.
No before we begin looking into these different descriptions, let’s first quickly unpack our text.
This verse is in the middle of a prayer of Jeremiah. God is angry with Judah and nothing, not even godly men like Moses and Samuel (Jeremiah 15:1) can avert God from judging them. In the midst of this, Jeremiah cries out to God (verses 15-18) and declares this truth in verse 16.
Unpacking verse 16:
- Jeremiah nourished himself on God’s word.
- He took delight in God’s Word.
- He recognized that he was called by God’s name.
Now let’s begin looking into the Bible’s different descriptions of itself.
Jeremiah 5:14 ESV – Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts:”Because you have spoken this word,behold, I am making my words in your mouth a fire, and this people wood, and the fire shall consume them.
Why is God’s Word like a fire? Well, Jeremiah answers this question, “Because you have spoken this word.” When God’s Word is verbally proclaimed, it will be like a fire, and the people will be consumed. How? Well those that the Spirit grants repentance too, they will be saved, and their sins will be consumed and forgiven. Those who refuse the message – will be consumed in judgment.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Notice some of the descriptions here:
- Living and active. Not some cold dead words on a page.
- Sharper than a two edged sword.
- My personal description: It divides and conquers.
Jeremiah 23:29 ESV – Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Like a hammer breaks up hard rocks, the Word preached breaks up the hardness of the human heart.
1 Peter 1:23 ESV – since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
This seed is not some seed that produces temporary results, but a permanent one – salvation!
1 Peter 2:2 ESV – Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
Milk has just the right nutrients to grow a baby. The best thing to give newborns in Christ is a steady diet of God’s Word.
Hebrews 5:12-14 ESV – 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
As infants grow from child-hood to adult-hood their diets must change.
The same is true in the Christian life. We need our diets to change to the meat and potatoes of the great doctrines of the Bible. Good, solid verse by verse exposition is the meat and potatoes, not a steady diet of the candy of topical preaching.
Psalm 119:105 ESV – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
During the night light provides clear direction and warns of danger. It is the same with God’s Word.
James 1:23-25 ESV – 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
A mirror shows us what’s in place and what is not. So it is with God’s Word.
God’s Word is a blessing and is much deeper than our own descriptions. Fall in love fresh and anew with it.