Impressions from the Word- Jeremiah 26-28

It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.” (26.3)

Again we see man’s responsibility for God’s judgment and punishment of him. We also see what God asks for: repentance. This is so overlooked in our prevailing culture of moralism, but it is repentance that God has always desired. It is preferable to him over wrath. Yet in our pride we sit in towers, we think we are above everyone else, but like God in Babel, our towers are so small he must come down to see them (Genesis 11). It is our sin which initiates our suffering and our pride which seals it.

But any nation that will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave on its own land, to work it and dwell there, declares the LORD.” (27.11)

Here we see God’s call to submit to the authorities he’s given over us (Romans 13.1-7). Our society is ripe with people dishonoring the authorities, the government and the President. I feel in myself a fear at my inability to submit and honor particular politicians if the Lord were to will them to attain power. Yet I must keep committed to God’s Word, and what his word says is “submission.” I cannot lie, I don’t inherently like this. My gut reaction is to lash out against authority which is unpleasing to me. But I have to know that there is a higher calling and a firm reason why I must refrain, that being the command of God.

And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, ‘Listen, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the LORD.” ‘ ” (28.15-16)

In a time where error abounds and a new movement of false teaching begins to breath down on the church, it will be necessary for people to rise up against the false teachers and say “Liar! You have given people hope in a lie!” God is clear where he stands on this, between millstones, castration, and death, the promises for false teachers are not promising. However, far from the teachers themselves, our concern should be over the students. Just because a false teaching is presented to them they are no less responsible for their sin in believing. Thus we must be actively correcting falsehoods, confronting false teachers, and bringing the truth to those who’ve been led astray. This won’t be fun. We’ll be called names, labeled intolerant or fundamentalist, but we cannot be doing it for the praise of men. This is about God’s glory and being obedient to his commands of “instructing in sound doctrine” and “rebuking those who contradict it” (Titus 1.9). We won’t save anyone, but hopefully God will be glorified through our efforts and he will see fit to regenerate many, lead rebellion against false teaching, and cause revival throughout the world. But no matter what happens we must always stand true to speaking the truth as revealed in Scripture.

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