(Part 2 of 2)
Jeremiah continues in Jeremiah 23:13, “[The prophets] prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err” (KJV). Anyone who preaches that sin is all right is walking in lies; God says they are as bad as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Jeremiah 23:14, God says, “I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.” Many of today’s preachers and prophets are alike, like brothers together in their sins. Adultery is not just a physical thing; it is the breaking of a contract. Many people today have broken their contract with God. When He saved them, they made a contract with Jesus to love Him with all their hearts and quit sinning. Today, many of the preachers and prophets have other things on their minds, things like pleasure, money, prestige, entertainment, and whatever is more important to them than God. That was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah; that’s adultery, the breaking of a contract (Ezekiel 16:49).
Sin is sin and God hates it. Jeremiah continues in Jeremiah 23:15-17 and says, “Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you” (KJV). God says not to listen to or pay attention to these kinds of prophets. Those prophets did not put enough value on the word of God (Jeremiah 23:18). These people did not hate God, they just didn’t care or love God above all else. In Jeremiah 23:19, God calls these people wicked. Sinners are wicked; Christians who continue in sin are wicked too.
Jeremiah 23:20-32 says, “The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD” (KJV).
“I am broken,” God is saying to our nation and to the church, “Because you have chosen other things to love.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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