What does a sinner need?

Re: Verse reading – Jeremiah 7:1-16 (day six)
“It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it ‘a robbers den’ “. (Matthew 21:13 and Jeremiah 7:11)  Jesus thought often about Jeremiah.  Identified with him.  Was inspired by him.  Even quoted him.  Days before the cross, Jesus used Jeremiah’s words. The same mistake was being made.  A robbers den is a place where criminals go to feel safe without repentance.  Temple worship was serving a similar purpose . No urgency of the conscience.  No reminder of a glorious and holy God.  No call to righteousness.  Just “feel good” sermons, patriotic pride and fellowship.  A place to rest, not repent.  6 years ago, I didn’t need encouragement.  I needed surgery!  Massive, painful surgery.  Strange.  Short-term hurt was long-term help.  Spiritually true, Jesus believes.   Encouragement or conviction?  Community or a call to repentance?   What does a SINNER need?  What does a sinner NEED?  These are the courageous questions that motivated the Savior.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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