THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Scripture: Jeremiah 28:11-17
Verses 11-17 say, “And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Even so I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years.”’ And the prophet Jeremiah went his way. Now the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, ‘Go and tell Hananiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made in their place yokes of iron.’ For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also.’”’ Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, ‘Hear now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will cast you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have taught rebellion against the Lord.”’ So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.” Jeremiah demonstrated how God feels about the counterfeit and the false. It feels like there is major conflict in the church between the counterfeit and the real. Judgment starts in the House of God and I expect we will see it in full force in the days ahead. Hananiah was an example of a prophet who taught rebellion and prophesied man-pleasing words, and we see the consequences he faced. God did not hesitate to kill him and God has not changed.