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Hammer and fire!

Scripture reading for August 8th: Jeremiah 21-25

“Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.  for what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.  “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:28-29

When we were much younger and had small children we were in a church that sang Scripture songs.   One of the songs we sang was from these verses in Jeremiah.  It was a catchy tune and my younger son Marshal picked it up and was always singing it.  It is interesting to note that Marshal is preaching God’s word today!

Jeremiah had to deliver some hard messages to his own peers in the ministry.  He spoke a word to the shepherds of that day and accused them of scattering the sheep and destroying them.  (Jeremiah 23:1-3)  They were not caring for God’s people and were bringing about their death and captivity.  The shepherds he was talking about were the kings of Judah.  He warned them repeatedly but few appreciated his warnings! (Jeremiah 22:11-12) (Jeremiah 22:28-30)  Some accused Jeremiah of being a traitor because of his strong words.

God, Himself, promised to raise up a ‘righteous Branch’ from the line of David who would restore justice and save the nation.  (Jeremiah 23:5-6)  This righteous king would bring God’s people out of captivity in the lands where they would be scattered and bring them into their own land.  (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

The godless priests and prophets were the cause of the people going astray.  They committed adultery and lived a lie.   They prophesied by Baal, the false idol of the Canaanites. (Jeremiah 23:13-14)  They told people who were living in sin that they would have peace when God’s word said they would have trouble.  (Jeremiah 23:16-17)  God was about to send a storm that would destroy the wicked and the prophets were not warning them to repent!

Jeremiah saw the word of God as a fire.  The fire would burn out the dross and burn up the chaff as it swept the wicked away.  Jeremiah saw God’s word as being a strong hammer that could shatter the Isrealites hardened hearts.  Jeremiah’s heart was broken and his bones trembled at the thought of God’s holy words.  (Jeremiah 23:9)   Let the Spirit and life of God’s word keep you from the fire and hammer!

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