The past few weeks, the scripture texts for our sermons have been heavy on the stubbornness of Israel refusing to repent for their sins. They are blinded by their own iniquity and cannot see the destructive path their own feet tread. The consequences of this rebellion become more specific this week, as the Lord warns through his prophet of impending drought. Dryness and drought are particularly strong images for the Christian, with references in scripture to Christ as Living Water, and the Fount of Life. Water is life and no water means withering and dying. The paths are clear, the path of repentance leads to life and feasting, whereas the path of clinging to sin leads to famine and death.
This weekend, let us prepare as we are able for the gathering of God’s people, the assembly. The Lord has commanded that we meet together, that we do not forsake this practice, and he has promised to be in our midst in a special way when we do. We worshipers have roles in this drama, and here is the script. Read and prepare. Pray alone and with others. And enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! (Psalm 100:4)
Scripture: Jeremiah 14:1-15:21
Sermon: “Famine or Feast”
Leader: Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
People: But we have sinned, O God, and turned from your face. We have listened to the lies of those who would lead us far from you. Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.