Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Jeremiah 28:2 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
These are the word of Hananiah, a false prophet. How do we know that he is a false prophet? This is one of those times when we have to be aware of the context. The previous chapter, chapter 27, has been speaking about false prophets. Jeremiah has warned the king, the priests and the people to be aware of false prophets and not to pay any attention to them. It is as if he is setting this situation up. No sooner has he issued the warning, then up pops a false prophet saying exactly what Jeremiah has declared in advance they will/do say.
Matthew 7:15-16 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits.
Jesus issues the same warning. False prophets are always with us; wherever the word of God is proclaimed, there will be a false prophet to contradict, obscure or argue with that word. We have to recognise them by their fruit and respond accordingly.