Serving his people, Jeremiah was doomed to the loneliness of sober and awake. Passing on the Word of God intact and undiluted, he turned out to be an enemy not only to the king and ordinary people, but also to priests and prophets.
Precisely because he knew God’s Word, he could not come to terms with the sweet deception offered by the false prophets.
Therefore, he raised his voice so that everyone would know the terrible truth: “Both prophet and priest are godless;” (Jer. 23:11).
6 This is what the Lord Almighty says:“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.”(16-17).
Jeremiah was faced with the terrible fact that most of the religious leaders were completely unbelievers, they composed their prophecies, deceiving themselves and others with sweet dreams.
Such self-styled prophets can be called sellers of sweet dreams, magic pills, which sooth and make you sleepy.
They no longer know God and do not hear His Word. They are unable to stay awake. All they have left is an inflamed imagination, dreams and daydreams.
Therefore, God says through His faithful messenger Jeremiah that real prophets should loudly proclaim the real Word to the people and save those doomed to death, instead of selling them cheap and pleasant sleeping pills:
“I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds..
“I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.
For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
“Therefore,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. Yes,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies,yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.(21 -32).
False prophets produce cheap substitutes for God’s Word and sweet lies.
Getting used to these lies leads to forgetting God’s Word.
Dreams replace reality.
Many sleep and die in their sleep.
And this remains on the conscience of the “prophets of false dreams.”
Who are we? Heralds of God’s Word? Or sweet dream sellers?
What are we doing with our own words? Do we put to sleep or wake up, destroy or save?
Let our word be like the Word of God – like fire, like a hammer.
In the days of forgetfulness, there is no time to talk about your dreams and act with your tongue, it is time to call on the Name of God, remind everyone of His faithful presence and give place to His living and quickening Word.
Author – Mikhail Cherenkov / cherenkoff.blogspot.com