Daily Readings & Thought for August 7th. “THEN IT WILL BE KNOWN THAT …”
In today’s chapter (28) in Jeremiah we see how he is confronted by a false prophet Hananiah who predicts falsely “in the name of the LORD of hosts” that “within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar took away from this place and carried to Babylon” [v.2,3]
There is a confrontation between him and Jeremiah who says, speaking to him “in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house (Temple) of the LORD” [v.5] “… hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.” [v.8,9]
The climax of the confrontation is when Jeremiah says, “Listen Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Behold I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the LORD” [v.15,16] There are those today who utter rebellion against the LORD by saying there is no God, no Creator.
Let us be careful not to twist God’s word to make it mean something different – so as to suit our own ideas. On Friday we will come to Jeremiah’s 30th chapter and see how he makes a fascinating long term prophecy, but it is the words the LORD revealed to him.
“Behold the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it … behold I will save you from far away … Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid.” [v.10] This is in the process of happening and on Friday we hope to make more comments – but note the final sentence in this chapter, “In the latter days you will understand this.” We are challenged to understand, let us not ignore the challenge.