Reflections: Friday of the Second-Last Week

Jeremiah said, “You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the Lord in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared.” (Jeremiah 38:20) 

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The false prophet Hananiah declared in the Name of the LORD that God would come to the aid of His people. The items that were stolen from the temple would be returned, along with the thousands of Judeans who had been captured and taken away–including the son of the king–within two years’ time. On the surface, this sounded great! God had come to the aid of His people in the past, so Hananiah’s words seemed very reasonable. And Jeremiah agreed! Yes, Hananiah–this sounds wonderful! I agree, and I wish that the LORD does so. 

But wait. Listen to what I say. Your prophecy, Hananiah, contradicts what the prophets before you, like Isaiah and I have proclaimed before. You, Hananiah–you say something else! The previous prophets promise God’s judgment for your wickedness, and it is going to get much worse before it gets better (Jeremiah 28).  

No one wanted to hear this kind of news, especially the king. And so, Jeremiah was tossed into a well and left to die. But it wouldn’t be for Jeremiah to die on account of the rebelliousness and faithlessness of the people. He would be rescued from the pit and  would continue to preach God’s wrath AND God’s mercy. 

Centuries after Jeremiah’s trials, God would send the prophet to end all prophets: His Son. Jesus would do what no son of Adam could do. He would obey the voice of the Lord. He would drink the cup of suffering. He would bear the sins of the world on the Cross and be buried in a cold tomb (Matthew 27:57-66). Now the prophecy of Jeremiah is fulfilled, and this message is spoken of us: “It shall be well with you and your life shall be spared.” All thanks to Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, You desire not the death of a sinner but that all would repent and live. Hear our prayers for those outside the Church. Take away their iniquity, and turn them from their false gods to You, the living and true God. Gather them into Your holy Church to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Audio Reflections Speaker: Pastor Duane Bamsch