Yesterday the Lord rebuked false prophets who had spoken lies and tolerated evil, all in the name of the Lord. He told the people not to listen to worthless words from these false prophets who did not speak the Word of God. “’Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,’ says the Lord, ‘and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all.’”
Today the Lord says that He will punish the false prophets and the people for not turning from them and their wickedness toward the Lord.
God tells Jeremiah that He is sending some of the people off into exile in Babylon for their own good and He will one day bring them back. “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.” But the Lord will destroy the wicked King Zedekiah (who we will soon meet), his princes, and the rest left in Jerusalem.
Shortly after the second wave goes off into captivity, Jeremiah writes a letter to those in exile. He tells them to settle down in Babylon and build homes and lives for themselves there bc they will be in exile for 70 years before the Lord will bring them out. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” He warns the people not to listen to the false prophets in Babylon who are saying captivity will be short. The Lord will deal with these false prophets.
We end with the Lord giving the people in exile great hope for restoration. ”’He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock,’…Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all…For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow…And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.” Amen! AND He does the same today for those who trust in Him!
(Jeremiah 23:33-24:10, Jeremiah 29:1-31:14)