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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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Prophesy

Therefore, now change your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will relent and reverse His decision concerning the misfortune which He has pronounced against you. Jeremiah 26:13 AMP

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Bible Basis

August Book Read From Read To Devotional
21st Jeremiah Chapter 26 Chapter 28 Prophesy

Memory Verses

Therefore, now change your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will relent and reverse His decision concerning the misfortune which He has pronounced against you. Jeremiah 26:13 AMP

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jeremiah. Also called the “weeping prophet”. One of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. According to Jewish tradition, Jeremiah authored the Book of Jeremiah, the Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations, with the assistance and under the editorship of Baruch ben Neriah, his scribe and disciple.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 26 – 28

Jeremiah 26 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 27 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 28 Amplified Version (AMP)


Reflection

In Jeremiah 26:13, God says that if the people of Judah change their ways and amend their deeds and obey His voice, He will repent of the evil that He plans to do to them in response to their idol worship and following after false prophets. There was another time when God repented. He repented for destroying the earth by water in the great flood, killing all living things above the water.

God is still full of compassion even though He rewards evil with punishment. We have to be careful not to lose sight of our loving Father in the face of His wrath toward the disobedient. Like a parent who disciplines his or her child out of love – in order that correction may abound and future mistakes will be avoided, God chastises those whom He loves. God loved the Children of Judah. He gave them many chances to turn away from idols and return their hearts to serving Him.

We must remember that just because God does not always give swift action in response to our shortcomings, does not mean that He approves of our actions or that He is not aware of how we have come short. He is patiently waiting for us to denounce sin and be directed by Him. If we refuse to be led by the false prophets and return to God’s divine leading, He is faithful and just to accept our devotion.

In today’s reading, the people of Judah threatened to kill the prophet Jeremiah because he prophesied that death and destruction would come to the people if they did not become servants in Babylon. Finally, the elders of the people recalled in their hearing, how the prophet Micah had prophesied destruction and they did not kill him, but entreated him to inquire and lay before God that God would turn from the calamity that He had promised by the prophet Micah.

The life of the prophet taken by the people of Judah would have been spilled innocent blood. Thankfully, Jeremiah was not released to the people that they might have their way with him and put him to death. Jeremiah protected the word of the Lord by delivering it accurately to the people even though it put him in a compromised position with the people. In return, God protected Jeremiah.

When God calls a prophet to deliver His words, he or she must prophesy sometimes in danger and sometimes to the dislike of those who hear it. The prophet must be ready to translate with all clarity, the words of the Lord at all cost. He or she must also be careful not to speak his personal desires, though they may be good for the people. This is what the false prophets did – they spoke lies that the people wanted to hear. One prophet was given a death sentence because he prophesied a lie.

The gift of prophecy is to be sought after, but must be held with great care.

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