Comment: For this passage of scripture, that is for Jer 23:9-40, we will not follow the normal order of verses but rather, we will combine verses according to the message. Some verses will be combined with other verses that carry the same theme.
- The Presence of False Prophets and their Extent.
9 Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me;
all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the Lord and because of his holy words.10 For the land is full of adulterers; …………….. 11 “Both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in my house I have found their evil, declares the Lord.
Comment: Jeremiah indicates in verse 9 above that he is very scared. He is so scared, he looks like a drunken man and his bones shake. Jeremiah is frightened because of God and His holy words. Why? It is because Jeremiah tells us that the land is full of adulterers and what God has spoken regarding these, scares him. Ezekiel 23:37 and other verses like it, tells us that being unfaithful to God by worshipping other idols and breaking God’s law, is to commit spiritual adultery.
Jeremiah says the land is full of adulterers. This is not one or two but the land is full. These prophets, and priests as well, commit adultery because they are ungodly. Their evil has even extended in the house of God. This is how widespread this evil is in that it even extends to the House of God.
Message: Coming back to today, the same adultery has continued to take place. We still have prophets and priests today that are ungodly and bringing their evil into the church. Not only prophets and priests but, apostles, bishops, pastors, men of god, etc who are also adulterers, who are breaking God’s law and preventing people from entering God’s kingdom, and bring evil even in God’s church.
- Their Deeds
13 In the prophets of Samaria I saw an unsavory thing: they prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.14 But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing:
they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, ………..…….16 ………… filling you with vain hopes.They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, No disaster shall come upon you.’”
Comment: Having discussed the presence of false prophets and priests who are ungodly and whose evil has spread even into the House of God, Jeremiah now tells us what kind of works or deeds are done by these false prophets and priests. Jeremiah says:
- using the devil’s power and they led people astray.
- they commit adultery (worshipping other gods) and live a lie.
- They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, meaning that they give more power of control to those that are evildoers.
- fill people with vain or empty hopes,
- they speak of their own visions and not those from God,
- they tell people that nothing will happen to them even if they reject or blaspheme or treat with contempt God’s word and
- nothing will happen to those who stubbornly follow their own hearts and not the commands of God.
Message: The question is, what has changed since then?, Nothing! We also sit with false prophets and priests who continue to preach exactly the above. They lead people astray by using the devil’s power . They clearly are not worshipping the true God and truly live a lie since they pretend to sympathize with the people while they live a rich wealthy life of sin. They give people empty hopes by promising them prosperity, break throughs, deliverance, health, etc. They claim new revelations and visions from God which infect come from their own imaginations. They water down the word of God so that, what used to be immoral is now moral, and therefore people can do what God considers immoral without the fear of punishment. They promise salvation to those that are on their way to hell without telling them that they need to repent.
So, nothing has changed but it has just gotten worse in our time and continues to be worse.
- Their Lack of Mandate by the false prophets
18 For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened? 21 “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.
Comment: Having told us how ungodly the prophets and priest are and how their evil has even extended in the house of the Lord, and also having indicated to us the evil deeds that these false prophets and priests do, now, Jeremiah tells us that these false prophets and priests were never send by God. In verse 18 above, Jeremiah tells us that these false prophets and priests have never stood before God to hear His word and have never even paid any attention to God in order that they may hear His word. Jeremiah tells us that God did not send these false prophets and priests and yet they ran, not walked, but ran to go and do their evil deeds that they do even in the house of the Lord. God never spoke to them and yet they ran and spoke as if they are speaking on behalf of God.
Message: It is pretty much the same in our current times, you have false prophets, priests, pastors, apostles, men of god, etc whom God has never spoken to, who have never stood before God to hear his words, who have never paid attention to God and yet they are running around claiming to speak on behalf of God. They are claiming to be receiving visions and revelations from God. It’s amazing how they always prophesy exactly what people want to hear. What is their goal? For that wait for part 2