Day 32: Jeremiah 23:9-15
Concerning the prophets:
My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble.
I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine,
because of the Lord and his holy words.
The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly.
“Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,”
declares the Lord.
“Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the Lord.
“Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing:
They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.
And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”
Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets:
“I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water,
because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”
Jeremiah 23:9-15 (NIV)
This scripture is certainly heart breaking! What are you doing today or participating in that may be breaking God’s heart?
The false teachers of Jerusalem were guilty of a wickedness that made people very bold in their sin. They made others believe that there was no harm in sin, and they practiced according to this belief. False prophets led people to be content in their sin, but true prophets led men to repentance, faith, and righteousness. We need to take heed that we do not follow the path of the false prophets. It is so easy to allow our morals to be “softened” by society…sometimes we are much too accepting of things that go on around us; it has become so much a part of our world that we become very accepting and are desensitized to things that we know simply are not right. I worry about this for my girls. They are so surrounded by things that society says are acceptable, but we, as Christian parents, need to help them see those things for what they are. I want my girls to be sensitive to what breaks God’s heart. We need to not be content in our sins; rather we need to take steps to stand against and break the darkness.
Ours sins and bad choices lead to so much brokenness and hurt. We must choose to be bearers of God’s good news and truth and live according to this – not at all like the prophets mentioned in this passage. This can be a super hard thing in a world full of hurt, sadness, and moral misgivings. But, we can be brave and courageous and follow after God’s way for our lives. He has overcome sin and darkness - we simply need to follow after Him and be a part of that light in a dark world.
Pam Little, Director of Children's Ministry