November 9, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – PROPHETS, OR PROPHETS OF GOD?
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, November 9, 2019.
PROPHETS, OR PROPHETS OF GOD?
READ: Jeremiah 28:1-17
Jeremiah 28:1-17 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the LORD’S house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the LORD: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the LORD,
Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the LORD’S house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place.
Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people;
The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.
Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and brake it.
And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.
So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
MEMORISE: For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:9)
The struggle between prophets (false prophets) and the prophets of God had been right from the Bible days, and is still in vogue till today. Hananiah faced prophet Jeremiah, contradicting him as a liar. He predicted that the Babylonian king’s power over Judah and Jerusalem would be speedily broken, that within two full years, the vessels of the temple would be brought back, and that Jeremiah and all the captives carried away with him would return. They put the whole of Israel in dilemma. A true prophet will be proved only by the accomplishment of his predictions. Hananiah was sentenced to die for contradicting the message of the Almighty God through His prophets.
Similarly in 2 Chronicles 18, God spoke through His prophet to Ahab, King of Israel and Jehoshaphat, king of Judah when they wanted to go to the battle front, but Ahab despised the true message and went for the message of his self-made prophets (400 prophets of Baal). The end was the death of the wicked King Ahab, according to the Word of God from Prophet Michaiah.
Who are you? A prophet of God, or self-acclaimed prophet who gives prophecies that are not from God? Be very sure of this: that whatever you prophesy and the Lord has not sent you, will surely fetch you serious disaster (Ezek. 13:3). Similarly, children of God should beware of visiting and listening to false prophets. This has caused great pains, sorrows and afflictions to homes, families and churches. Don’t be deceived by them. Suffer not yourself to be deluded by them. Seek the face of God for the clarification on every message, in form of prophesy, sent to you. It is well with you. Amen.
1. God, punitively expose all the prophets of doom in this nation and in our churches, so that par adventure they can repent.
2. All what You have said about me, O Lord, speedily bring them to pass, in Jesus’ name.
3. I reject every evil prophesy concerning my life, marriage, home, business, and every other area, in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 34:5 – 36:26; Hebrews 2:11 – 3:13