Yirmiyahu Twenty-Six: Princes

Jeremiah is in trouble once again. As I’ve written, being a prophet doesn’t always equal being popular, but Isaiah never seemed to deal with this kind of pushback. “And it came to pass when Jeremiah finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests, the prophets, and all the people seized him, saying, ‘You shall surely die (Jeremiah 26:8).'” Jeremiah is warning the people, and in response, he gets threatened. The princes of Judah hear everything that’s happening, and they go and sit by the gates of the Temple. The priests and other prophets bring Jeremiah before them, and say that he deserves to die for his words. Jeremiah pleads his case before them, and the priests agree that Jeremiah is not deserving of a death sentence. They don’t seem interested in changing their ways, but at least they acknowledge that Jeremiah is speaking the truth. This to me seems even more frustrating. They basically know that he’s right, know what’s coming, and still can’t seem to stop themselves from fulfilling the prophecy. How often do we purposely do things that we know we shouldn’t, and why can’t we stop?

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