The Spirit compares things, people and their state of being in terms of realities of heaven.”Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy(1 Pe.1:16; Le..11:44)”What does it indicate? Truth is Holy which is the everlasting God. It is illustratively described as ‘set in unapproachable light’ St Paul defines it as ‘Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.(1 Ti.6:16)” The Supreme Being is transposed into a state of being and is also defined as the everlasting light. When Jesus said,”I am the truth” we get to see the image of the Invisible God (Col.1:15). What is darkness but absence of light? Darkness is a state of being as light is. This being the case let us consider this verse,” And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). ” Their response to light is predictable. ‘Lest their actions would be reproved’ they stay away,- and have we not heard their excuses to keep them continue as before? They treat salvation as a joke and tease those who are afraid for their fate as giving in to some fables and so on. To what length do they go lest their deeds should be reproved? All for being shown they are buddy-buddy to some loser. Recently we read of a group in Spain calling themselves the Wolf Pack. Raping women for them was a macho thing and what did they prove? They did not have the courage to see themselves for what they were. Sexual predators in high places as well as in corporate sectors have deceived themselves to imagine they could get away with their private vices. There shall be a day of reckoning for everyone that does wrong. Their disgrace shall show their evil was very much is in their failure to heed truth written in their inward parts. There every person stands stripped of lies that their bodies cry out: The President of the nation is on the dock there as an undocumented migrant. Truth would not be truth if it were not so.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God(John.3:20-21). While we discussed about the earthen vessel that Prophet Jeremiah had to break at the east gate leading to the valley of Hinnom, it had a lesson for him. Truth was wrought in his inward parts. It is what the body holds. Thus the Spirit compares the inner man with Truth which is wrought of God. It has a lesson for us. ‘Whatever we may know God or truth is understood by His creation so no man has excuse. What is truth Pontius Pilate would ask and leave the Jews to do what they would with Prince of life. It is thus we walk away from our most precious possession our soul. Unless we prove truth by our deeds we carry our soul to no purpose. Though you have the world at your feet you are a loser if you have failed to enshrine Truth in everyday lives. You have damned ourself, and it is a perpetual shame. By law of gradation your shame is perpetual in terms of your body and also in terms of spiritual body.
Principle of Similitude keeps such comparisons heavenly realities with realities of the earth. We find it the Bible throughout. God breathing into the nostrils of Adam is one way the Spirit draws our attention to how wonderfully we are made. It has a bearing upon the incident when Gideon’s hundred routed the Midianites. We are pitchers holding light and it is what living soul means.
In vv.13-14 we see prophets of Samaria are placed on the same scale of prophets of Jerusalem because evil makes no difference. It is God’s Time placing evil on the same category; evil of holding truth in unrighteousness characterized them and it is judged on the same scale as false teachers of today. They were shown the way of life and they acknowledged truth once but now? Their lust for fame and wealth led them down a slippery slope and what they preach damns them. They are wolves in sheeps clothing. When they toady up to their President and make a show of piety and prayers what are they doing but ‘they strengthen also the hands of evildoers?’. These shall not go unpunished.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err (v.13).
14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?
19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?
24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.
25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.
29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.