Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord.
Text: Jeremiah 19-21; Isaiah 17
Jeremiah brings difficult words to the nation of Judah – true words that herald the coming judgment of God. That judgment is due them on account of their sin. It sounds harsh and is the sort of message none of us want to hear. The persistence and volume of Jeremiah’s voice is long and loud. That is because the words are truth which the audience does not want to receive. The response from Pashur, chief officer in the house of the Lord:
When we speak the truth about God’s reaction to sin, people are going to be offended. And we will get a response which might be difficult for us. So, here is a challenge: As I live my life for Jesus, do I expect trouble like Jeremiah’s? If my answer is “That would never happen to me,” is it because the world is different from Jeremiah’s time… or because I am not living and speaking the truth?
And… we must pray for those being persecuted along with those who refuse to hear God’s voice.
in Him, Mike