Power to Change Hearts

Running with Horses
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Jeremiah 36

“Power to Change Hearts”

We are in the middle of our sermon series looking at the key themes of Jeremiah. Today we are going to look at an interesting story of Jeremiah in Chapter 36.

 Josiah a generation earlier heard the scroll of Deuteronomy read and it completely changed his heart. It not only stirred him in his heart it changed the way he lived.
One generation later, his son, Jehoiakim heard the scroll of Jeremiah and rather than it changing his heart he burned it.

Theme: The word of God has the power to change hearts. But it is amazing how often we can disregard it.

In the Old Testament when you hear proverbs, psalms, or other passages directing people to God’s “word” it is often referring to the Torah. The Torah refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Christians, when we refer to God’s word, we talk about the totality of the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible.

Scripture is an essential part and trustworthy record of God’s self-disclosure. All the books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, are the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. They are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose and in obedience to the Lord Who speaks through them in living power. We believe God’s word needs to not only be at the center of our church but the center of all of our lives.

Hebrews 4:12 (NRSV) — Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

John Ortberg states, “strange thing about the Bible; it has a power to it. I think I'm going to read it, and it starts reading me. I think I'm going to judge it, and it starts judging me. I think I'm going to weigh its words, and it's my life that's being weighed.”