When you want something to be true

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.30.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 28.5–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 27–28 on October 30, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord had spoken to Judah and Jerusalem, using Jeremiah the prophet to do so, revealing that they would suffer an attack by Babylon and eventually be captives in Babylon. However, the people resisted Jeremiah, but when the attack finally came and some went into captivity, Jeremiah’s opposers had to acknowledge that his prophecies were true. Yet, they still did not want to believe that the captivity would last 70 years. Therefore, a prophet spoke, saying that it would last only 2 years. Next, the Bible says,

Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and in the presence of all the people who stood in the house of the LORD, and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! The LORD do so; the LORD perform your words which you have prophesied, to bring back the vessels of the LORD’S house and all who were carried away captive, from Babylon to this place” (Jeremiah 28.5–6). 

Jeremiah wanted the words of Hananiah to be true, but Jeremiah suspected something. Therefore, he continued to speak, as recorded in verses 7–9, warning of the danger of false prophets. Then the Lord revealed to Jeremiah that Hananiah was a false prophet.

Questions:

  • Have you wanted something to be true, but found that the word of God spoke otherwise?
  • Are you willing to change your beliefs to conform to the word of God, or do you try to change the word of God to conform to your beliefs?

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