Jeremiah 28:12-17

“The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke bar from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet: “Go say to Hananiah: This is what the Lord says, ‘You broke a wooden yoke bar, but in its place you will make an iron yoke bar.’ For this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says, ‘I have put an iron yoke on the neck of all these nations that they might serve King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and they will serve him. I have also put the wild animals under him.’”

The prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord did not send you, but you have led these people to trust in a lie. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to send you off the face of the earth. You will die this year because you have spoken rebellion against the Lord.’” And the prophet Hananiah died that year in the seventh month.” — Jeremiah 28:12–17 HCSB

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  1. Hananiah’s message to the people was a positive one, proclaiming God’s triumph over the Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar. The message was packaged with tasty details (“within two years” and “I will…bring back…Jeconiah”) and heroic images of release from exile. Jeremiah in so many words said, “Great message — I wish it were true!” But it was a lie and the people believed it and, in the end, it constituted “rebellion against the Lord.” For me, I understand the desire of God’s people (including myself) to sound heroic on God’s behalf. But maybe He is planning a period of darkness before the light finally dawns. I may not even see the light in some cases! Many Israelites must have died before they could see what they wanted to see: God take away the 70-year iron yoke of Nebuchadnezzar. Therefore I need to keep working on my daily relationship with God and making sure it’s genuine and not drift off into pleasant-sounding diversions because, in the end, God’s ways can be a mystery, and I need to be prepared for the long haul.

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