Scripture reading for August 14th: Jeremiah 37-39
“Jeremiah was put in a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained for a long time. Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the Lord?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.” Jeremiah 37:16-17
None of the last kings of Judah really wanted to hear Jeremiah’s word from the Lord. He was in prison because of preaching God’s word of coming judgment. In the coming days, a plot to kill Jeremiah came from some of the king’s officials and King Zedekiah did nothing to stop them. He really did not want to hear the word of coming judgment. He was hoping for a new word of peace and safety.
Today, people are running around looking for a “word from the Lord”. They go to conferences and seek out those with prophetic gifts. They want to hear the latest prophetic predictions. They want personal guidance and direction. But we should ask ourselves if we are obeying what has already been written from the Lord. If we have been ignoring known truths, how can we be sure we will be given ‘new’ truth? In the last days there will be a famine, not for bread or water, but for hearing the word of the Lord! (Amos 8:11-12)
Yes, there is a final word from the Lord for these last days; Jesus Christ Himself is the last word from God for the world. He offers grace and forgiveness of sins to all who will repent and believe on Him. He promises salvation, healing and deliverance through Him alone. Have you responded to this word?
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification of sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:1-3