The Book of Jeremiah-Je.26- “Diminish not a word”

What is the eternal word of God? “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven (Ps.119:89)”. Now ask ourselves what was the Word? According to the Gospel of St John the Word was with God from the beginning. He was God and the Word was made flesh ‘and dwelt among us’. Jesus the Son of man has also testified,”For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (Matt.5:18)”. The eternal word simply put is the constitution of God and when the Spirit places realities of heaven and the earth on a single yardstick it is true. Whosoever places himself to do the will of the Father perfectly is perfect fit as ‘the finger of God’ which we discussed in the previous post. Jeremiah could not do otherwise. He was threatened by his peers to hold silence. He was beaten, and his feet were put in stocks. Yet he could not be silent since God the Supreme Sovereign  Lord had laid a charge that took precedence over his peers,- kings, princes governors or officials of the ecclesiastical courts.

Hear what the prophet says, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay (Je.20:9-10). Holding back the word that God had put in his mouth was on the other hand was gnawing his vitals like new wine within pressing on old wineskins to rip apart. A child of God has truth written in his inward parts. This is similar to the constitution of God serving as counterweight. in each one of us. So when we are sure of what we have we ought to say as with the Psalmist,”The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?(Ps.118:6-9)” Our equipoise or rest comes from the assurance of God’s promises, which is what the constitution of God means. Nothing shall happen outside the will of God. This was the strength of Prophet Jeremiah. Thus whosoever allows himself to be the point  where reality of the heaven and of the earth meet in him is a mediator, and by law of gradation reckoned as having Jesus Christ as the firstborn of all creation. Joseph Moses, the prophets were all forerunners of Jesus Christ and so are children of God whose faith squarely is in tune with God who sent his only begotten Son for salvation of mankind. Our faith is a seed sown in us by God. When God breathed into the nostrils of Adam whatever may be known of God also became a faculty and faith that comes by hearing the word of God.(Ro.10:17) Faith must be articulated.  “It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it…But the message is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may follow it.? (De.10:12-14)”

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the Lord, saying,

Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord‘s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord‘s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:

If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,

To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;

Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.

So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord.

Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.

Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king’s house unto the house of the Lord, and sat down in the entry of the new gate of the Lord‘s house.

11 Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.

12 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.

13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.

15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the Lord hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.

16 Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.

17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,

18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.

20 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the Lord, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah.

21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;

22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt.

23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people.

24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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