Jeremiah 16:8 – July 29, 2022

When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests, the prophets, and all the people laid hold of him, crying, “You must die!” Jeremiah 16:8 NABRE                

Jeremiah is sent by God to the temple to prophecy words the Lord has given him. Saying, if the people turn from their evil ways, God will turn from His plan to have them punished. God says if the people do not repent, if they do not listen to the prophets He sends, the temple will be destroyed and the city cursed. After hearing Jeremiah’s prophecy, the priests and prophets of the temple take hold of him and declare he must die. They do not want to hear the temple will be destroyed and the city cursed. Jeremiah is surrounded and it seems he will be put to death but the rulers intervene and calm the people, allowing Jeremiah to escape. This episode dramatically illustrates the sort of clashes Jeremiah becomes involved in when carrying out his mission for the Lord. He has harsh things to say, and meets resistance from the people, who have begun to think that anything that offends their sensibilities or contradicts their desires is not from God. Even so Jeremiah does not back down, the Lord gives him strength to continue his mission and stay true to his calling.

Doing the work of God is often contrary to the norms of culture and society. When on a mission for God there is a good chance we will be met with ridicule and rejection. It may be a way of knowing we are doing God’s work. People don’t want to hear they are not good in the eyes of the Lord and will justify their behavior, even if we are standing in front of them telling them of their false understanding. Being rejected for the Lord often comes with the mission.

Have you felt rejection? Do you speak for the Lord no matter the circumstance?

People don’t want to hear they are not good in the eyes of the Lord and will justify their behavior, even if we are standing in front of them telling them of their false understanding. Being rejected for the Lord often comes with the mission. Click To Tweet

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