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Message of the Day: Nothing Can Be Hidden From God.

Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord
. (Jer. 23:24, NKJV).

Jeremiah chapter 23 is a bitter attack on the leaders of God’s people. Jeremiah’s stinging indictment of Davidic kings supplies the backdrop for a vision of the coming Davidic Messiah (23:5–8; see under chapter 33). As for the false prophets, they were the greatest hindrance to the acceptance of Jeremiah’s preaching. In the name of God they delivered their own messages: “Jeremiah is lying. We are prophets of God, and God has told us Jerusalem is safe.”

Image courtesy of Olive Tree Bible Software.

The false prophets speak not God’s word but their own. They encourage the people to do as they please, assuring them that God will not punish them. The reason the false prophets do not understand God’s wrath is that they do not understand God. Their minds have never been taught by him. In spite of this they preach as if their words are the words of God.

If the false prophets had heard God’s words as Jeremiah had, they would announce God’s judgment on wrongdoers, not his approval of them. They would be turning people from sin, not encouraging them in it. When false prophets say what they like as if God cannot hear or see them, they are demonstrating their own folly. Nothing can be hidden from God. He sees what they are doing and he is displeased. Their ‘prophecies’ originate in their own own dreams and ideas.

The messages of the false prophets are like straw, whereas the messages of the true prophets are like wheat. They nourish what is good. At the same time they are like fire or a hammer, because they destroy what is worthless. False prophets only lie and deceive. They even take the words of the true prophets and misapply them in order to support their own ideas. In this way they lead people astray.

Beware of false prophets! Beware of false messages! Beware of fake news!

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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