The Lord knows the shenanigans that we play

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.31.2017 – Old Testament: Jer 29.24–28

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 29–30 on October 31, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

A false prophet had arisen to deceive the people of Judah when many of them had been taken captive to Babylon. The Lord wanted Jeremiah to speak to Shemaiah, the false prophet,

You shall also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: You have sent letters in your name to all the people who are at Jerusalem, to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, The LORD has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, so that there should be officers in the house of the LORD over every man who is demented and considers himself a prophet, that you should put him in prison and in the stocks. Now therefore, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who makes himself a prophet to you? For he has sent to us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long; build houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat their fruit (Jeremiah 29.24–28). 

The Lord knew the whole conspiracy that this man committed against Jeremiah and ultimately against the people of Judah, although the false prophet thought he was helping Judah.


  • Have you observed in life that sooner or later, the Lord reveals liars?
  • Have you ever been led astray?

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