👉 Jeremiah is in prison and the people are headed into exile.
Things look bad. Dark. Grim. Dare I say – hopeless.
But listen to the promise of the Lord…
“Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”
It doesn’t look that way now. And – even ten chapters from now – it won’t look that way.
The Lord promises an end to the exile. And there will be life and growth and fruitfulness – not in a new land – but in “this land.” The land that belonged to them. The land that they loved. Their land.
👉 And from a prison cell, Jeremiah prayed, “Ah, Lord God…”
you are creator
nothing is too hard for you
you are great and mighty
you are great in counsel
your eyes are open
👉 And God promised, “I will…”
bring them back
make them dwell in safety
give them one heart
make a covenant with them
not turn away
rejoice in doing them good
plant them in faithfulness
I don’t know what your exile looks like. What dark place you find yourself. But – don’t forget what your God has said…
“I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”
👉 Hananiah tells the people that their exile would be short lived. That they would return home within two years and all would be well.
👉 Jeremiah, however, tells the people that the Lord has given everything and everyone over to Nebuchadnezzar. He warns them that the Lord did not send Hananiah to them and – in fact – Hananiah would die for causing the people to trust in a lie.
How could the people recognize the true prophet?
Well, Hananiah does two months later.
So, there’s that.
👉 The message we want to hear is not always the one from the Lord.
Paul warns about this very thing in 2 Timothy when he says that people will no longer listen to sound doctrine but would pursue teachers who will tell them what they want to hear.
If we never feel correction or conviction by the messages we are receiving – we may have to ask if we have surrounded ourselves with false teachers who are content to tickle our ears without touching our hearts.