Jeremiah 23:9

Jeremiah 23:9

9 Concerning the prophets:
My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble.
I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the Lord and His holy words.

This section of the chapter (v9-32) is titled Lying Prophets and Jeremiah describes his terror and distress due to the horrifying sin of those who pretended to be God’s prophets and were not. In fact the prophecies they offered were of their own making and often directly opposed what God had actually spoken or given to His real prophets to speak. Jeremiah is so heartbroken at what he sees coming for these false prophets he is like a drunken man and like a strong man overcome by wine.

How angry is the Lord? Let us look only a few verses further down:

13 “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.
14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie.
They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness.
They are all like Sodom to Me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”

They are all like Sodom to Me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah. It would be a horrible thing to have God compare a people or city or nation to Sodom or Gomorrah, but that is exactly what has happened. Very shortly He ties this directly back to the status of their hearts.

16 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

And further on His heart

20a The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He fully accomplishes the purposes of His heart.

Additionally He says about the hearts of the false prophets:

25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in My name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’
26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?

Let us heed His words and anger as at the very end of this chapter He declares

40 I will bring on you everlasting disgrace—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.

This should be a warning to us as well. We should want to know what the Bible says and does not say when we speak God’s word to others we come into contact with in our daily lives. Honest mistakes are one thing, but choosing not to know what God’s Word says about various topics puts one at risk of truly angering God if we misrepresent what He has to say or what position God would take on modern day issues. Sadly we have a former president doing just that. Read about it here, here, and here.

It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend and make it a point to Go To Church where you can enjoy songs of praise and worship and corporate prayer along with hearing God’s Word being taught and preache.