Today you should read: Jeremiah 28
When reading Jeremiah 28, it is important to understand what happens directly before this. In Jeremiah 27:22, God tells Jeremiah, “Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.” In that section, God is talking about the things of the Temple, but it can also be implied that God is talking about Israel as a whole. Israel will be taken to Babylon and serve them, but God will bring them back.
This leads to our passage because Hananiah comes onto the scene and proclaims that God will restore Israel in two years. Hananiah said he received revelation from the Lord and this is what was going to happen. This actually makes Jeremiah happy because he wants Israel to be brought back into the land (v. 6). But, as we see from the passage, Hananiah was lying and he did not actually receive this revelation (v. 13-16). God then punishes Hananiah by ending his life because of the wickedness (v. 17).
For us, we need to be careful about the Pastors and Teachers that we are listening to. Hananiah tricked many people into believing his words. The problem is that his words were not true. In the same way, there are false teachers still in our world today. People who claim “truth” but really just state their opinion and use God/the Bible in whatever way they want to. Our job is to watch for false teachers, not listen to their lies, and call them out for their wickedness. Always pay attention to the Biblical teachers in your life. Make sure that what they say aligns with what God has to say through His Word.
My challenge to you this week is to examine your teachers. Examine if they are truly basing everything they are saying off of Scripture. Ask yourself, “Is the Bible the driving force behind their teaching?” It never hurts to ask these questions. It will show you one of two things: (1) you need to stop listening to them or (2) it will give you better confidence in them.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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