God's No Scarecrow (Jeremiah #4)

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When we reduce God to a scarecrow—that doesn’t move and doesn’t talk but merely scares us into obedience—we lose the power and joy that only come from knowing Him. It’s in knowing God that we find and experience the power that will eventually make our world right. And it’s in knowing God that our hearts can find their deepest joy.


Main Text: Jeremiah 9:23-10:6

Simple outline:

  • Our life’s pride and joy could be something better than we’ve ever before experienced—we can know God.

  • This is the God who is active in the world working for steadfast love, justice, and righteousness.

  • He’s unlike any of our parodies of or substitutes for Him. He actually speaks, moves, and knows.

  • If you’ve settled for a substitute god, maybe it’s time to get to know the Living God. He’d be delighted. And whether you realize it yet or not, so would you.

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When we reduce God to a scarecrow—that doesn’t move and doesn’t talk but merely scares us into obedience—we lose the power and joy that only come from knowing Him. It’s in knowing God that we find and experience the power that will eventually make our world right. And it’s in knowing God that our hearts can find their deepest joy.


Main Text: Jeremiah 9:23-10:6

Simple outline:

  • Our life’s pride and joy could be something better than we’ve ever before experienced—we can know God.

  • This is the God who is active in the world working for steadfast love, justice, and righteousness.

  • He’s unlike any of our parodies of or substitutes for Him. He actually speaks, moves, and knows.

  • If you’ve settled for a substitute god, maybe it’s time to get to know the Living God. He’d be delighted. And whether you realize it yet or not, so would you.

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