Thursday, April 01, 2010

Amen Jremiah 28

Jeremiah 28:6 "Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do so; the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the LORD's house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place."

The dispute is over the treasures of the Lord's house. The false prophet is saying they will be back in two years. He guarantees it. Jeremiah has been trying to tell them that they will be in captivity for 70 years along with those who submit to the yoke of Babylon. Nevertheless, Jeremiah says Amen to the boost of the false prophets. I think it would have been pleasing to Jeremiah if it had been true.

v1 "And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, tht Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the hosue of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying v2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon."

Hananiah really stepped over the line with his remarks. We know from the last chapter that God send Jeremiah out with a wooden yoke to illustrate the yoke that the children of Israel would be under in Babylon but were assured that it would be broken after a set time. Hananiah shortened the time by about 68 years. He also took the wooden yoke off Jeremiah and broke it.

v3 "Within two full years, will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the LORD's house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon;"

Well, he was wrong. Jeremiah presented to him a test.

v9 "The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known that the LORD hath truly sent him."

v10 "Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it."

He went on with his speech and I suppose it pleased the people and he had favor with them. But he would not live to see that his prophesy did not come true.

v14 "For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him; and I have given him the beasts of the field also."

v17 "So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month."

It had to be a difficult thing for Jeremiah to be the only one in the kingdom who brought bad news even though it was the truth. Israel was to go into captivity to keep them together as a nation. Those who rebelled were scattered. Nebuchadnezzar was the instrument of the Lord to carry out this plan.

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