Abounding In Tears – 2/17/19 AM

Abounding In Tears

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!

Jeremiah 9:18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

 

I. The Reason for Our Tears – 8:18-22

A. The Loss of Honor – vs. 18, 19

  • Is not the Lord in Zion?
  • Is not her king in her?
  • Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images?
  • …and with strange vanities?

B. The Lateness of the Hour – vs. 20

The harvest is past; the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

C. The Lack of Healing – vs. 22

  • Is there no balm in Gilead?
  • Is there no physician there?
  • Why then is not the health of my people recovered?

II. The Reflection of Our Tears

A. Tears Reflect Sadness

You can tell a lot about a generation by what makes them sad.

James 4

  • 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
  • 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

B. Tears Reflect Seriousness

People weep over things that are important to them.

  • Illustration: Nehemiah 1

C. Tears Reflect Selflessnessthat I might weep day and night for…my people

EXAMPLE: Paul in Acts 20 –

  • Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

III. The Reaping of Our Tears

Tears are a language that God understands.

We are not going to see any reaping until we see some weeping.

Psalm 126

  • 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
  • 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.