Sunday, September 23, 2018

September 23 - Jeremiah 28

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 28. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Yesterday’s passage included a warning from God about the false prophets who would declare that the people would not have to serve the Babylonians. Today’s passage is about a prophet named Hananiah who spoke a prophecy that everyone liked: he announced that God would bring relief to his people within two years.
  • Jeremiah confronted Hananiah by saying he hoped Hananiah’s predictions would come true so that the people would know the words came from God. In response to Jeremiah, Hananiah took the wooden yoke that Jeremiah was wearing around his neck (see Jeremiah 27:2; 8) and broke it in two.
  • God then gave Jeremiah a message for Hananiah that the broken wooden yoke would be replaced with an iron one and that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon would have control over all nations, people, and animals. Because of Hananiah’s false prophecies, God proclaimed that Hananiah would die within the year and the chapters ends announcing that Hananiah died two months later.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Jeremiah spoke the truth but it was unpopular; Hananiah spoke lies which brought false hope and comfort to the people. At times we may honestly hope for things to end a way that is different than God’s plan. Being faithful to God means sometimes we have to hear painful truths and act in obedience to him even if it is against what our own desires are.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It can be easier to put your hope in words that make you feel good and actions that are comfortable even if they are not the best or right choices. And sometimes it can be difficult to know if you are leaning into the truth or taking the path of least resistance. Today, can you meet up with a friend who knows you well and ask them if they see you making any poor choices?
  • One of the best places to find strength and encouragement to make the right choices is in community. Verve Groups just started for the fall semester as a way to help people better connect to God and each other. If you haven’t joined a small group, check out all the options here!