Jeremiah beaten and imprisoned by Pashur; Jeremiah's grief; destruction of
During the last days of the kingdom of Judah, Jeremiah courageously faced the son of the chief governor of the high priest and said: Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies . . . and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword. . . . And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies (Jeremiah 20:4,6).
Soon the people of
Even after being fully informed of the results of rejecting the Word of God, the religious leaders not only refused to repent, but they began a campaign to discredit Jeremiah before the king and the nation. Jeremiah sat alone in prison and was discouraged when he recorded: I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His Name. But His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay (hold it in) (Jeremiah 20:9). Jeremiah may have thought that he had failed to communicate to the people the importance of obeying the Word of God. Most spiritual leaders have, at some time, felt that they failed in fulfilling their God-given responsibility. But, far beyond all his own expectations, Jeremiah has been an inspiration to millions of believers for many centuries. Our Creator has assured us: My Word . . . shall not return unto Me void (without result), but . . . it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
Regardless of circumstances, everyone who is devoted to the Lord and to teaching the Word of God or provides the money to make it possible for others to teach His Word has laid up treasures in heaven. Jesus promised: For every tree is known by his own fruit. . . . A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good (Luke 6:44-45). Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20).
19:3 his ears shall tingle =b> will be utterly stunned by the news; 19:9 straitness =b> anguish, distress; 20:3 Magor-missabib =b> terror on every side; 20:11 mighty terrible one =b> awe-inspiring one, heroic champion.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 86:5