When the word of God does not go your way

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.29.2018 – Old Testament: Jer 26.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 25–26 on October 29, In the year of our Lord Christ 2018

By Don Ruhl

We love the word of God and we love what it says, but sometimes it steps on our toes. What do we do then? Look at what the people of Jeremiah’s day did:

So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You will surely die! Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant’?” And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD (Jeremiah 26.7–9).

Instead of accepting what the prophet said, they threatened him with death! However, Jeremiah did not originate the word. He received it from God. Therefore, their revulsion was against God, as they later found out when Jeremiah’s words came to pass.

Questions:

  • What do you do when you disagree with the word of God?
  • Did you find out later that the word of God was right?

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