Saturday, October 25, 2008

I find that what God told Jeremiah to do is what God also commands modern-day preachers to do for Him.

Jeremiah 6:11 11 But I am full of the wrath of the LORD: I am weary with holding
it in. "Pour it out on the children in the street, And on the gathering of young
men together; For both husband and wife shall be taken, The aged and the very
old.

Charles Feinberg is right in stating:
Regardless of success or failure, Jeremiah's duty was to preach the Lord's
message. Whether the people listened or not, he was divinely compelled to voice
the Lord's indignation. Full of the divine wrath, he is commanded to pour it out
on everybody--children, young men, married couples, the elderly--all are involved
in the city's doom. Even the children and the aged, usually the special objects
of God's care, are to be shown no mercy. The wrath was evoked by the sins now
set forth: greed (v.13), deceitful prophecy (vv.13-14), loathsome deeds and
shamelessness (v.15), obduracy (vv.16-17), rejection of the law (vv.18-19), and
worthless sacrifices (v.20).


Jerusalem's cultural situation at this time was one of idolatry and Godlessness. Sounds similar to our cultural milieu today. Let us as preachers herald forth the harsh--yet needed--message of repentance and divine judgment with all boldness! For after all, if one neglects to preach on such issues and only declare "Peace! Peace!"- this is the one that God calls a false prophet (Jer 6:14).

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