Be wary of those who speak what they think you want to hear

Old Testament: Jer 28.12–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 27–28 on October 30, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Jeremiah had been prophesying that, because Judah would not repent of their sins, God would send the Babylonians against them. Jeremiah had also said that their captivity would last seventy years. 

However, Hananiah the prophet had said that it would last only two years. Then the Lord spoke to Jeremiah, revealing to him that Hananiah was a false prophet: 

Now the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus says the LORD: You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made in their place yokes of iron. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also.”

– Jeremiah 28.12–14 

If someone comes to you, telling you that the word of God does not mean what it says, then you have been approached by a false teacher. Refute him and do not let his lies spread. 

Questions: 

  • What did the yoke of wood on the neck of Jeremiah represent? 
  • What did the yoke of iron represent? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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