Reading through the Bible together
Prophets always had a challenging task, they needed to listen to God and share with the people the messages He gave them. Sometimes these were not pleasant messages. Imagine what it would be like to serve as a prophet today. Many people are disturbed by the Word of God, because they want to go their own way and do their own thing.
Jeremiah was given a daunting task of calling the people of Judah to repentance. He faithfully delivered the judgment message to the people. The outcome was that they grabbed him, and warned him: “You will surely die” (v. 8). This all happened in the house of the Lord. The leaders were preaching peace to the people, and here comes Jeremiah preaching doom. It is interesting to note that Jeremiah is specifically instructed: “Do not diminish a word”(v. 2).
Jeremiah was given a message that he had to deliver without toning it down, or compromise any aspect of the message to save his life. Hebrews 4:12 speaks in the context of people who received the Word of God but ignored it. This text refers to the Word as “living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
How do we try to silence God’s messengers today? Do we take them to Court for invading our personal space and privacy, for defamation of character? Do we walk away from them? The people of Judah wanted Jeremiah dead, because he had prophesied doom for the city of Judah (v. 11). Jeremiah’s defense is: “The Lord has sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city with all the words that you have heard”(v. 12).
This Bible reading plan has helped me not to read selectively but to go through the message of the Scriptures systematically as a whole. What message of judgment would come to your city today? What message of judgment would come to your church today? And should I asked, “What message of judgment comes to us individually today?” Are we prepared like Jeremiah to be the bearers of the messages from God? Are we prepared to stand for the Lord when people attack the Word of God? Things changed and Jeremiah’s life was spared, but he never compromised the truth for anything even for life itself.
“Lord, help us never to compromise and to always stand for Your honor and glory. Amen.”
Assoc. Professor and E.G.White Research Center Director
Helderberg College, South Africa