Jeremiah 26:16-24

Jeremiah, Liturgy and Devotion

Jeremiah Spared from Death

Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” And certain of the elders of the land arose and spoke to all the assembled people, saying, “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and said to all the people of Judah: ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts,

“‘Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.’

Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, and did not the LORD relent of the disaster that he had pronounced against them? But we are about to bring great disaster upon ourselves.”

There was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim. He prophesied against this city and against this land in words like those of Jeremiah. And when King Jehoiakim, with all his warriors and all the officials, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But when Uriah heard of it, he was afraid and fled and escaped to Egypt. Then King Jehoiakim sent to Egypt certain men, Elnathan the son of Achbor and others with him, and they took Uriah from Egypt and brought him to King Jehoiakim, who struck him down with the sword and dumped his dead body into the burial place of the common people.

But the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death.

— Jeremiah 26:16-24 ESV

There are a couple of notes I have worth mentioning here:

  • Did you notice in verse 16 who is hearing God speak and more attuned, who is not? It seems as though there is still a remnant (that is a word we have talked about before) that still cares about what God might be saying. But what does it mean for us to read in Jeremiah that the priests and “prophets” are not listening to God?
  • Notice that while we have been reading through Jeremiah, there are other Godly Prophets, speaking on behalf of God. In verse 18 we get word of Micah. You can read more at Micah 3:12. We also see Uriah, here in verse 20. Not much is known of him outside of this verse.

2 thoughts on “Jeremiah 26:16-24

  1. When you stand up to people — people who are vengeful and violent — and get in their faces, it takes a lot of courage. You could find yourself being severely slapped down (or even killed) in a hurry. In order to do this you have to put yourself in another kingdom, God’s kingdom, and speak from that moral high ground. I don’t think you can do that (“displace” yourself into God’s kingdom) without daily practice. Otherwise if you do get slapped down you’ll slap back and take yourself out of the game — like I have done many times. Jesus said, “If my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight.” [With help from Oswald Chambers.]

    1. This is especially difficult to practice well in our current political climate. May God grant us the strength and wisdom to move as people of His kingdom should.

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