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Peace and the Prophet

God’s chosen nation was collapsing from the moral vacuum caused by rebellion against God and corruption in leadership. And on the outside, Nebuchadnezzar’s army was attacking.  God’s patience had finally run out.

Jeremiah was God’s man on the scene.  A dozen times in his book he debunks the false prophets’ repeated assurances that all would be well.  Like this in chapter 14:

13 Then I said, “O Sovereign LORD, their prophets are telling them, ‘All is well—no war or famine will come. The LORD will surely send you peace.’ ”

14 Then the LORD said, “These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.

But there is hope of peace after the punishment has been endured and the hard lessons have been learned.  Peace on God’s terms necessarily involves cleansing from sin and rebellion.  But wow, the benefits are out of this world!

“The time will come when I will heal Jerusalem’s wounds and give it prosperity and true peace. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel and rebuild their towns. I will cleanse them of their sins against me and forgive all their sins of rebellion. Then this city will bring me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth!  Jeremiah 33:6-8

What kind of peace are we looking for in our world and our lives? 
A fragile peace on this earth, IF nations and individuals can solve their differences and piece back together shattered economies? 
Or the true and lasting peace that comes only by turning to God and accepting it on His terms?

 

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