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Monday, February 24, 2014

Prophets of Anything but God

Being a prophet to God’s people during the time of the kings was not a job for which thoughtful people readily applied.  If you read through Jeremiah you will find that he did not have an easy time of it.  One of the reasons is that he was not given an easy message to deliver.
It is a good thing that we do not have to deal with this any more.  Thoughts at DTTB.
In my study of this book this time through it looks like chapter 23 is the key to the book.  If you read through this chapter you will see several indictments of the prophets who are leading Judah astray.  They are:
  • Scattering and driving away God’s flock
  • Polluted
  • Prophesying by Baal
  • Committing adultery
  • Walking in falsehood
  • Strengthening the hand of evildoers
  • Leading into futility
  • Speaking a vision of their own imagination
That is just through the first 16 verses.  There is a lot more in there.  For instance look at Jeremiah 23:36.  The Lord accuses them of perverting the words of the living God.  So they are either sharing things out of their own imagination or when they do share the Word of God they pervert it.

The result?  The nation is on the way to captivity.

It is a good thing that we do not face this type of thing today.

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