Doubt, Trust, and Hope

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 7/28/2013
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Message at CREC Annapolis, MD.  July 28, 2013
Jeremiah 23:1-8:  Doubt, Trust, and Hope
Doubt (vss 1-4):
In Jeremiah's day, the "shepherds" of Judah led the people astray.  The Prophet's call was to doubt the teachings of the "pop prophets" who encouraged confidence in the temple, the king, and the land; to doubt the leadership of the kings who endorsed and encouraged idolatry, scattered the people, and acted unjustly; and to doubt the priests who maintained the status quo while beating and detaining the true prophets of God.
Trust (vss 5-6):
Instead of confidence in earthly things, the Prophet calls the people to trust in a coming Davidic King.  This King would be righteous, and would be "our righteousness."  Right-ness may not be found in self, leadership, wealth, past favor, right parenting, or belief in the right things:  it may only be found in the "Righteous Branch."
Hope (vss 7-8):
Though Judah was told by the Prophet that they would undoubtedly experience destruction and exile, they are exhorted to hope for the future.  That great salvation event, the Exodus from Egypt, would be superseded by an even greater salvation which would call the elect of Israel out of all the countries they had been driven.  This great salvation and possession of their own land is cause for hope.
Jon Herr Jon Herr (MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary; BS Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University) is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He and his wife Jackie live in the Chicago suburbs with their two daughters and three sons.