An ancient warning for today,
“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14)
Jeremiah prophesied in the final days of the nation of Israel. By his time, the lesion of idolatry had turned septic and would soon kill the people. Instead of joining with Jeremiah, the “prophet[s] and priest” greedily proclaimed a message that paid saying, “Peace, peace.” However, their false hope provided no true healing for the spiritual wound that ailed the nation. Yet, they were so persistence in promoting their promise of peace, Jeremiah even question his own message of God’s coming judgment (ref. 14:13). We live in a similar world today. Souls are dying from the wounds of sin, false hope abounds and we may even be tempted to doubt the truth ourselves. But we must never give in; we must never give up. Oh Lord, give us the strength to proclaim the glorious gospel of the Great Physician even in the face of opposition. Amen.
For further reading: Jeremiah 6:1-30
This week’s theme: Old Testament Potpourri