Jeremiah 28

Day 1497

Trust the Fidelity of God’s Word!

Jeremiah 28


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, April 22.


It is God who raises up prophets, but what happens when you aren’t sure if someone is being faithful to God? In Deuteronomy 18:20, God gave Moses clear guidance on what to do about a prophet who presented their own words as if from God, “But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.” God doesn’t make idle threats about protecting the fidelity of His Word.


In Jeremiah 28, when the prophet had put on himself a wooden oxen yoke as a prophetic sign to the people, a man named Hananiah, who was claiming to be a prophet, broke the yoke off Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Even so will I break within two full years the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations’” (10-11). This message opposed Jeremiah’s former prophecy, but God can’t contradict Himself, so who was right? God answered that question by giving Jeremiah a message to clarify which word was from Him, “Listen now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This year you are going to die, because you have counseled rebellion against the Lord’” (15-16). God was faithful to protect the fidelity of His Word and to uphold the honor of His messenger. Today, if someone claims to speak for God, but his or her words are not lining up with the Bible, then that person is not God’s spokesperson.


Seize the moment and trust God to protect the fidelity of His Word! Be noble like a Berean and line up everything you hear with the Bible (Acts 17:11).


God bless you!


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