28“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant,
for I am with you,” declares the Lord.
“Though I completely destroy all the nations
among which I scatter you,
I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you but only in due measure;
I will not let you go entirely unpunished.” (Jeremiah 46:28)
Poor Jeremiah. All he did was bring the people of Israel and Judah nothing but bad news from God. How difficult it must have been for him, warning his cherished people of the errors in their living, only for them to blow Jeremiah off and continue living against God’s teachings. What an incredible responsibility Jeremiah fulfilled: warning the Israelites in real time of their impending doom, and then living through it as Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish that refused to surrender. Jeremiah was the ultimate “I told you so” prophet, and his book is incredibly important to read, to learn how God speaks to His hand-selected Prophets. All along we see the struggle Jeremiah faced as false prophets rose up to preach an erroneous message of prosperity and victory over God’s own Word. The false prophets were the voices the people of Israel wanted to hear, so it was who they believed. Jeremiah’s message was not accepted because it called on the Israelites and Judaens to change their hearts and their ways of life.
Jeremiah’s gift became his prison, and that topic was beautifully preached by Pastor Steven Furtick this past weekend. For the rest of the week, we are going to look a little closer at the struggle we face when we have different prophets preaching different messages, and how we can know which one is the word of God.
Here is that sermon from Elevation Church.
On Friday, the Christian Music world dropped a boat load of really amazing new music. Three great, full-length albums from Switchfoot, Travis Greene, and Danny Gokey. I recommend you check out all those records. There was also a surprising amount of incredible singles. Once I got through listening to “Might Get Loud” by Elevation Worship on repeat for two days straight, I finally got around to listening to Spotify’s New Music Christian Playlist and realized there are plenty of great singles to share with y’all. This one below, from Saddleback Worship, has really spoken to my soul today.
Reading plan: 1 Timothy 5:1-15
Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 45, 46