A Time For Grief (Jeremiah 8:18-9:1)
(Sermon from CREC Annapolis, 9/18/2016)
The third chapter of Ecclesiastes was made famous to the general population in the 60s by the band the Byrds. We all of course likely know the words to the famous song Turn, Turn, Turn, which are basically a verbatim quotation of Ecclesiastes. “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up; a time to weep and a time to laugh."
It's probable that we all feel at The difficulty of this famous passage in Ecclesiastes is that we don't know when those times are. When is the time to plant? When is the time to heal? When is the time to breakdown? When is the time to weep?
This sermon asks three questions about Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, which are as follows:
1) Why is Jeremiah weeping?
2) Should we also weep?
3) What should we weep for?
"My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me. Behold the cry of the daughter of my people from the length and the breath of the land: is the Lord not in Zion? Is your king not in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images and with their foreign idols? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded; I mourn and dismay has taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slaying of the daughter of my people!" Jer 8:18-9:1
Jon Herr is a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University and currently a student in the MATS program of Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jackie live in Lancaster, PA with their daughters, Louisa (b. March 2012), Idelette (b. May 2014), and Cyrus (b. February... read more