Is it the sheriff of justice? God says in Jeremiah 17:5–6, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. A. Alexander, D. D. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Suppose he too should fall! O what a flood of emotions they pour out! But in what direction and to what object is the will of wicked men fully set? where are the Christian parents that pray as for a sentenced and soon-to-be-executed son! Idolatry is the issue here. He prays, perhaps; but if so, he asks God to do some great things for him, to promote his own selfish purposes. But we need not say "if"; we know full well that there is much wickedness in us. Hope you enjoy it Sermons on Gospel Themes — Charles G. Finney "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."-Eccl. Is Jeremiah 17:9 about believers, unbelievers, or both?” Pastor John, how do you process this text and its context? No reasons? The second thing we are to look is how we are to treat our own heart; what we are to do with our own heart: we are to keep it \"with all diligence\". They look back over the plains of Sodom and see the smoke of her burning ascend up like the smoke of a great furnace. What! The parable of the wicked tenants is a statement of God’s concern for his people and a declaration that God’s plan cannot be defeated by man. It says that the wicked person says in his heart: ‘there is no God.’” The wicked does not seek God, because he doesn’t believe in Him. Doves and kittens have even more of this than she. In early morning they are off. You might call it the divine-like DNA that is more and more being conformed to Christ. The motives of truth may roll mountain high and beat upon his iron heart, yet see how he braces up his nerves to withstand God What can he not resist sooner than submit his will to God Another thing lies in this text, incidentally brought out -- assumed, but not affirmed -- viz., that sinners are already under sentence. I am ready to beg for mercy now; and I rejoice to hear that our God has a father's heart.". This is the common method in which God speaks of sinners in His Word. All the latent sensibilities of the father's heart are aroused within him. But where God is applying the blood-bought purchase of the new covenant, there is a new creation. Selfishness takes on a thousand forms and types; but each and all are sinful, for the whole mind should give itself up to serve God and to perform every duty as revealed to the reason. The selfish heart forms alike the basis of each system. This she thought must be very important. Now, that leaves us with this question: If trusting in self results in such misery (no good shall come) and trusting in God results in such fruitfulness (you’re going to prosper), why in the world is a whole nation acting so suicidally in self-trust and sin and idolatry? They turn sadly away, not caring even to bid him farewell. So of stealing, adultery, and other sins. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. He thinks he ought to pray for him once or twice a day, so he begins; but ah, he has almost forgot his subject. The evil heart is always on the prowl to benefit self, it is obsessed with its own goals, its own needs, its own desires. Oh, I want to be like that, right? "God is angry with the wicked every day" --Psalm 7:11. Sentence is then pronounced. So of God. This fact is not indeed affirmed, but it is assumed, as it is also everywhere throughout the Bible. Authentic Christianity begins when God replaces the wicked heart with a clean, new heart: Ps 51:10 Create in me a clean heart O God; renew a right spirit within me. He knows you have sinned greatly and grievously, but O, He says -- My compassions have been bleeding and gushing forth toward you these many days. But next consider another strange fact. We often fall and wander from the way. Oh, sinner, there is no possibility that you can pass the appointed time without execution. ... Jeremiah 17:9 describes a heart disconnected from God. We have done with our son! A Deceitful and Wicked Heart. No. Only think of a state of moral hardihood that can abuse God's richest mercies -- that can coolly say -- God is so good that I will abuse Him all I can; God loves me so much that I shall venture on without fear to insult Him and pervert His long-suffering to the utmost hardening of my soul in sin and rebellion. But we must here pause a moment to inquire what is meant in our passage by the term "heart.". Their son is sentenced to die, and he sends to see if his father and mother can come and see him before be dies. No man deems this strange at all. Where will you find a parallel to such wickedness? 2. They approve the governor's course; they endorse the sentence. Shall we turn and curse God? And then he says what’s beneath that. The scenes and transactions of earth must excite a wonderful interest in heaven. But right over against this, see the case of the sinner, condemned to an eternal hell. For such reasons, execution is usually delayed. It is your own son. He has not the remotest idea of making such a committal of himself to God's interests that he shall henceforth be in perfect sympathy with God, desiring and seeking only God's interests, and having no interests other than God's to serve at all. Suppose an angel comes down, in robes so pure and so white; unrolls his papers, and produces a pardon in your name, sealed with Jesus' own blood. Bart Carlson. This is not only Satan's workhouse in the soul; but it may be viewed as a purveyor, which the heart engages in making provision for its lusts. The main text for this message was taken from the Gospel of Mark 7:20-23, with the message focused around the depraved heart of mankind. The Ruler wants and expects the actual sympathy of their hearts -- their real good-will; and this being given, would love to reward them most abundantly; but how can He be satisfied with them if they are altogether selfish? A. Prov. O no, not converted, but I think she is friendly; she feels favorably toward religion. while their children remember their altars and their Asherim” (Jeremiah 17:1–2). Because you might have had mercy, but you would not. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit; why? "You are now," says the judge, "remanded to the place from whence you came; there to be kept in irons. Because they saw it was beautiful, and they were told it would make them wise; hence, for the good they hoped to gain, and despite of God's prohibition, they took and ate. Jeremiah 17:9-10. But, let it be said in way of explanation, this does not imply that men do evil for the sake of the evil itself; it does not imply that sinning, considered as disobedience to God, is their direct object -- no; the drunkard does not drink because it is wicked to drink, but he drinks notwithstanding it is wicked. “Blessed is the man” — not cursed is the man who trusts in man — “who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. Do they act as if they believed the half of its awful truths about sentenced sinners ready to go down to an eternal hell? Go to that daughter, thought to be so friendly to religion; she is so amiable and gentle that she can not bear to see any pain inflicted; but mark; present to her the claims of God and what does she say? It is also assumed in this passage that all men have by nature a common heart. The root problem is that they are trusting in man, not in God. Who says this is cruel? He is gone and Law has been sustained in the fearful execution of its sentence. Let me suppose that here is a father and also a mother in this house, and you have a child whom you know and admit to be under sentence of death. On the Decietfulness of the Human Heart (Sermon 123) John Wesley "The heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it" Jer. So go through all the ranks of society and you see the same thing. You are altogether committed to the pleasing of self. If we love God, we realize that he knows the best way for us to live. Making this radical mistake, it conceives of the whole Gospel system as a scheme for indulgences. We know that "Christ dwelleth in your hearts by faith" (Ephesians 3:17). The parents hasten away to the prison, and learn the details of the painful case. A death eternal in hell you know must be far more awful than any public execution on earth. When I come to report the matter, must I bear my testimony that you would not hear? And now where are the sympathies of all the land? Look at those hands. So of the man who tells lies. You do not believe the simple declaration of Jehovah as it stands recorded on the pages of the Bible. Do you know those hands? Downloads. Go to the pirate ship, the captain armed to the teeth and the fire of hell in his eye; ask him to receive an offered Saviour and repent of his sins, and he gives the very same answer as that amiable daughter does -- he can not repent. It engages the senses on its side. The man was worldly before and is devout now; but devout for the same reason that he was worldly. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and be with me." So he sets himself to making excuses. viii.11. One man is avaricious; he sets his heart upon getting rich, honestly, if he can, but rich any way; to get money by fair means if possible, but be sure and get it. And I think everybody will be able to see how verse 9 is functioning. With proud disdain he spurns even this last offer of pardon! The love of reputation fills and fires his soul, and therefore, perhaps, he becomes very polite and very amiable in his manners -- sometimes, very religious -- if religion is popular, but altogether selfish, and none the less so for being so very religious. Finney. Where can we find a parallel to such guilt? This is the reason that the world was destroyed by a flood - Gen. 6:5-7. But after sentence, the case is fully decided. What will you say? And now the sheriff proclaims, "Just fifteen minutes to live;" and even these minutes be spends in abusing the governor, and insulting the majesty of law. The mother wonders and inquires; she rushes forward and seizes the fallen letter; she reads a word and her heart breaks with agony. The text says, "Because sentence is not executed speedily," implying that sentence is already passed and only waits its appointed time for execution. All the people feel that this is righteous. So, I think Jeremiah — indeed, I think all the biblical writers — would say that’s the root problem ever since the fall of man into sin and corruption. As they are talking over these things and searching from time to time all the newspapers they can find, to get, if they can, some clew to their son's history, all at once the door-bell rings; a messenger comes in and hands a letter; the old father takes it, breaks the seal -- reads a word and suddenly falls back in his seat, the letter drops from his hand; oh, he can't read it! We shall do no such thing. I do not at all believe He will send me to hell. You know it is naturally a dangerous thing to bestow mercy -- there is so much danger lest it should weaken the energy of law and encourage men to trample it down in hope of impunity. Was that a sin? Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it? O this horrible committal of the heart to do evil! Because God waited on you long, but you only became in heart more fully set to do evil. "God saw that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." He drinks for the present good it promises -- not for the sake of sinning. Because sentence is not executed speedily; because there is some delay of execution; because Mercy prevails to secure for the condemned culprit a few days' respite, so that punishment shall not tread close on the heels of crime, therefore "the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." John 7:39: “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive.”, 1 Timothy 1:5: “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart.”, 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”. Because your heart is fully set within you to do evil rather than good. 16:7). 5 Indicators of a Wicked and Evil Heart,Leslie Vernick - Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith. They see the need of law and justice; they know that law so outraged must be allowed to vindicate itself in the culprit's execution. You can not repent and love God! Of a long time they have not seen him nor even heard a word from him. It was also, apparently, good for food, and her appetite became greatly excited; the more she looked the more excited she became, and now what should she do? At least, I will venture on a season longer and turn about by and by if I find it quite advisable; but at present why should I fear to set my heart fully in the way God has forbidden? Reported by The Editor. is such your heart toward the God of mercy? All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Although He has no pleasure in the sinner's death, and although He will never slay you because He delights in it, yet how can He do otherwise than execute His law if He would sustain it? Again all we can say is that the bowels of divine love are deeply moved for you -- that God has done all to save you that He wisely can do. God's people have felt a deep and agonizing interest in you and are ready now to cry, How can we give them up? Jeremiah 17:9-"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?" Is it possible that I have withstood a Saviour's love so long? The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Let each sinner observe -- the day of execution is really set. Some respite is given. But for this you would no more need the Holy Ghost than an angel of light does. Do you know where they have been to be nailed through and through? Come, O come now and accept it. Here are some verses that describe what happens: Ezekiel 36:26 describes the new covenant like this: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. Let us see how it would look in the case of our friend or neighbor. We’re on a mission to change that. Shall Jesus behold and weep over you, and say, "O that thou hadst known, even thou in this thy day -- but now it is hidden from thine eyes?" So God's Word solemnly affirms. She will tell you she can not.". O, say they, he must be deranged! The first thing we shall look at is the heart: \"Keep thy heart...\". Have you a son? So, the question is this: When a person experiences the new birth — becomes a Christian — what happens to that diseased, deceived, self-exalting, God-opposing heart? Here is another curious fact. All man thought about was evil continually. For this people's heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. That is, they suppose that they secure entire exemption from the penalty of violating law, and even have the honors and rewards of full obedience while yet they have all the self-indulgences of a life of sin. I shall live as long as the best of you." You’ve heard that “deceitfully wicked” phrase from the Old Testament, but is such an indictment applicable to the regenerated Christian heart? They see at a glance that there can be no hope of release but in a pardon. His object is not to break God's law, but to get some good to himself by lying; yet he tells the lie notwithstanding God's prohibition. He says -- Your son has been so wicked and has committed such crimes, he must be hung. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus. In the case of this truth, every man knows that he is not himself punished as he has deserved to be in the present Every man sees the same thing in the case of his neighbors. Before atonement, justice stood with brandished sword, demanding vengeance on the guilty; but by and through atoning blood, God rescued His law from peril -- He lifted it up from beneath the impious foot of the transgressor, and set it on high in safety and glory; and now opens wide the blessed door of mercy. The Psalmist was so astounded by the manifest injustice of things in this world, as between the various lots of the righteous and of the wicked, that he was greatly stumbled, "until," says he, "I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.". How often have their troubled minds dwelt on his case! Bible > Sermons > Jeremiah 17:9. The text also shows what the moral type of the sinner's heart is: "fully set to do evil." He is author of. Who, they ask, is that who can sing so merrily in a prison? Where would we be today, or in a thousand years, if God were not rich in mercy? Yet make another supposition. ASK GOD TO SEARCH OUR LIVES. No further doubt of guilt can interpose to affect the case; the possibility of pardon is the only remaining hope. I will dare to tempt His forbearance yet. 17:9. Will you still repeat the fatal choice, to spurn His love and dare His injured justice. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Jesus probably had this verse in mind when he said, “ Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Has he come with his armed men to drag you away to execution? Now suppose this man begins, "I have done nothing -- just nothing at all. Given on Aug 15, 2015 by Monte Knudson Listen. What do you say? So, the overall point of the passage seems to be that the root of sin and idolatry is a failure to trust in God rather than self. "The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." The licentious man would perhaps be glad if it were not wicked to gratify his passion; but wicked though it is, he sets his heart to do it. Or is it the case that you are so regardless of His feelings and so reckless of the truth that for the sake of self-justification, you will arraign Him on the charge of the most flagrant injustice, and falsely imply that -- the wrong is all on His side and none on yours? The dreadful hour arrives, and its last moment -- the drop falls; he trembles a minute under the grasp of Death, and all is still forever! Think a moment; your Saviour now offers you mercy. this. His heart, too, is so fully set within him to do evil that he can not get his own consent to turn from his sins to God. Let me ask professors of religion -- Do you think you believe these truths? One general fact is asserted of them all, and in this way they are assumed to have a common character. Suppose you were to feel such griefs as ours, and have to mourn over a fallen son! But they may take a wholly selfish view of the case, and determine to accept the proposal only just far enough to secure the rewards, and only for the sake of the rewards. GOD'S ANGER AGAINST THE WICKED. She consented to believe the lying spirit who told her it was "a tree to be desired to make one wise." Does she meet the claims of God like a friend to His government and to His reputation? shall the universe take up arms against Jehovah? Heaven is solemn, but joyful; saints are solemn, yet they cannot but rejoice in their own glorious Father. O no, not she. I can not say about that. The real spirit of the offer goes the length of asking the sincere devotion of their hearts to the best good of the government. Who is it that comes? Po you see that visage, so marred more than any man's -- and you are only the more fully set to do evil? I said that selfishness often assumes a religious type. . Suppose it were a human government and a similar state of facts should occur; who does not see that government might as well abdicate at once as forbear to punish? What, O dying sinner, will you say? Let me walk quickly through the flow of thought from Jeremiah 17:1–9. just nothing at all. They do not know how it fares with him, but they fear the worst. Human laws may possibly fail of execution: God's laws can fail never! "The heart is desperately wicked" - past cure by human medicine. We love good government, we love the blessings of law and order in society more than we love iniquity and crime. Even those aged parents have not a word of complaint to utter. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7–8). But they pronounce it just, and have not one word of complaint to utter. Despite of God's command, she ate it. Our God is greater than man's depravity! He can not withstand such kindness and compassion. The will is the faculty which fixes itself upon a chosen course; hence in our text, the will must be meant by the term heart; for otherwise no intelligible sense can be put upon the passage. Heaven, earth, and hell may all combine to pour upon you their reasons for fearing and loving God, and yet you can not! The sentence has passed now -- the court have done their work; it only remains for the sheriff to do his as the executioner of justice and the fearful scene closes. I assure you the governor is a most compassionate man -- he loves to grant pardons; he has already pardoned thousands; if you will give up your spirit of rebellion he will most freely forgive you all; I beg of you, therefore, that you will do no such thing as attempt a justification; don't think of escaping death otherwise than by casting yourself upon his mercy; don't flatter yourself that there can be any other refuge. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Ravi Zacharias A Wicked Heart Sermon Jam Like Share & Subscribe. 3:12-13 ”Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God, But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Jesus may plead with you -- your friends may plead; heaven and hell may lift up their united voices to plead, and every motive that can press on the heart from reason, conscience, hope and fear, angels and devils, God and man, may pass in long and flashing array before your mind -- but alas! Nothing less or more than a mighty will not! Your heart does condemn you, my heart condemns me when I sin because I know it is a diseased heart - but praise the Lord, God is greater! Alas, they cry, this is worst of all! This is the unresponsive heart. Now that is a solemn statement from God's Word and I want you to listen to me now as I bring this message. Know Your Weakness Jeremiah 17:9-10 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? This teaches us that one of the sure signs of disbelief is NOT seeking God. January 31, 1849. What, when God says he is sentenced to die and his angel of death may come in one hour and cut him down in his guilt and sin, and send his spirit quick to hell, and yet the father or the mother have no feeling in the case they are infidels; they do not believe what God has said. Yet mark -- as soon as they are spiritually awake, then how they feel! Ah, young man! So her daughters. Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. Lift up your cries for him while yet Mercy lingers and pardon can be found. How would all men be shocked to see such a case -- to see a man who should so outrage all propriety as to give himself up to abuse the government whose righteous laws he had just broken and then whose clemency he had most flagrantly abused! Why? What, then, are all her tender sensibilities worth? Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart" (1 Sam. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come.” That’s the root problem of the idolatry and the sin. You know it is all true -- fearfully, terribly true. What do you think? I don't believe I shall be sentenced -- (the man is condemned already!) But what more can we do -- what more can even God do? Greed is what the parable of the wicked tenants is all about, and greed is everywhere. To illustrate this point, let us suppose that a parent should say to his children, "I will give you my property if you will work with me, and truly identify your interests with mine; and if you are not willing to do this, I shall disinherit you." The good of the nation demands it, and I can not allow my sympathies to overrule my sense of justice and my convictions of the public good. 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