Yirmiyahu Twenty-Seven: Legitimacy

There’s a controversy about which prophets are legitimate and which ones are false. “But if they are prophets, and if the word of the Lord is with them, let them now entreat the Lord of Hosts that the vessels remaining in the house of the Lord and in the house of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not come to Babylon (Jeremiah 27:18).” It’s so easy to put conditionals on belief, as though we can test that which we can’t see. So often we play games with ourselves, like if x happens then y was meant to be. This seems to be a version of that – the people saying that the prophets need to prove their legitimacy by getting God to do something. But when we need things like that to believe in something, will we ever really be satisfied?

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