“Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between straw and grain! Does not my word burn like fire?” says the Lord. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?” – Jeremiah 23:28-29
During the days of Jeremiah, there were many prophets going throughout Jerusalem and Judea declaring “prophecies from God” according to them. They spread a message of peace and safety despite the fact that Jehovah had said numerous times that certain destruction would come upon his people because they refused to turn from their wicked ways. In this warning, God told his servant to declare to the people that the true prophets of God were to “faithfully proclaim [his] every word.” In other words, the Word of God is like a consuming fire that burns up the chaff or a hammer that smashes rocks into pebbles! Let the truth of God’s Word be spoken!
As I read this passage, I am reminded by God’s Spirit that I’ve read this passage before and commented on it in the past. However, this time around His Majesty illuminated in me something unbeknown to me before this reading – the difference between straw and grain. Straw and grain are both sources of nutrition and sustenance for animals. They both will allow the animal that consumes it to live for the moment. However, straw lacks most of the real nutrients contained within grain. Straw is an energy source that provides a more immediate power source, but grain also has the needed vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain health.
The prophets of Jeremiah’s day were tossing bales of hay at God’s people that caused them to have a false sense of security and therefore a false hope in life even though God had declared that coming judgment would destroy the land and its people IF they didn’t humble themselves under God’s hand and turn from their wicked ways. There appeared a ray of light and hope in the false message of “peace and safety” given by the false prophets, but it ultimately led to doom. Why? Because the people continued to go right on living in their sins as they had been doing. They disregarded the truth of God’s Word from his faithful messengers and ended up being obliterated.
Those who trusted in the Word of God faithfully executed by his true messengers went on to live and eventually were returned to their native land of Israel where God blessed them and increased their numbers once more like the sands of the shore and stars in the sky! His message at that time was to submit to the king of Babylon and live, but the false prophets told the people that there was no way they would be removed from Jerusalem and Judea. These false prophets declared, “As surely as the LORD lives….” and then filled in the blank with whatever lie they chose to deceive the people and retain control over them in order to keep their power and influence.
There is a false message of hope running throughout the land of the USA today. There are many so-called prophets and apostles of God declaring that everything is okay and the American way of life will soon be restored. Hogwash! Hear oh USA, the LORD our God, the LORD is one! He will not be mocked. We turn away the foreigner. We mistreat the poor and elderly and the homeless and the abandoned. We declare the wrong to be right and the right to be wrong. We murder innocent babies in the millions! Do we really think that God, who is the same today as he was then and will be, will turn a blind eye to all these atrocities?!? No!!
Let the true messengers of God rise up and declare his Word faithfully and truthfully as he demands! The peace and prosperity gospel is a lie! The grace is a license to sin gospel is a lie! You cannot just do anything and everything you want and not expect to reap the consequences of your sin! There is coming, and soon, and end to all the economic and political and social well-being that America has enjoyed since her birth. The nation, the once greatest on earth that humbled herself under God’s hand, has long abandoned the One who birthed her.
The true message of God is for God’s people is to do just as Solomon heard from God during the temple dedication,
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Until we do what God has commanded us, as a nation to do, he will not and cannot do what he promises in the second part of that verse – hear from heaven, forgive our sins as a nation, and restore our land! The choice is up to you, America! Humble yourself before God and live, or continue on as before and DIE!
Father, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I am your servant – one called, chosen, and faithful! It’s not because of my doing or by my power but by your Spirit!! I choose to humble myself under your might hand. I hear your voice and will declare on the Truth of the Word that You have spoken. I ask you to empower me to deliver the truth unabashed and unadulterated. Your Word is like a hammer that crushes stone! It is alive, quick, and sharper than any double-edged sword that cuts deep into us to reveal our heart as well as our innermost thoughts and desires! There is nothing that is or can be hidden from you. May your Truth be declared to my people and see the turn around so many desire. If not, I will have done my job along with the rest of your faithful, true servants, who declare the Word and not lies from hell. May your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.