Jeremiah 28 Commentary
The false prophet Hananiah is swiftly punished by the LORD for his false prophecies – with two months!
There is a punishment for misleading the sheep. Preaching shouldn’t be an exciting job. You must do it correctly. Don’t misrepresent the Creator God. There are consequences.
But what is the difference! For doing a very good job, Jeremiah is beaten, and nearly killed. For doing a very bad job, Hananiah’s life is cut short.
We dare not speak on behalf of the LORD, lest our own becomes like Hananiah’s. We can however speculate. We can still hear the LORD speaking to us through Jeremiah while Hananiah’s works died with him. Not only do we have Jeremiah’s name on the ‘who-is-who’ list of Heaven, but we also have Jeremiah’s timeless work saving millions from wickedness.
Hananiah may have gotten the approval of authorities and populists, but he lacked an all-important approval rating from Heaven – the only thing that should matter at the end of the day.
Christianity isn’t about the good things that the world wants to hear. Say it as it is from the holy script. Receive zero social media Likes, have reduced church attendance as a consequence, or never get another invite. But know, you have the most important approval rating from Heaven.
For saying what the people wanted to hear, probably Hananiah got physical rewards but of what use? His death paints for us the sad ending of all vanity. It all comes to nothing. And the saint’s suffering in righteousness isn’t at all for nothing. Glory awaits!
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