Monday, 14 October 2019
Jeremiah 37:19 Where then are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, 'The king of Babylon will not come against you or against this land '?
These are Jeremiah's words to King Zedekiah in the last days of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah has consistently warned the king and the people that Egypt (or whoever else) cannot save them for destruction is certain because of their sin against the Lord. At this point, he turns to the king - the Babylonians having returned to the siege just as the Lord said they would - and asks where the prophets are who prophesied that the Babylonians would not return. Their words have been shown to be false; they lied in the name of the Lord.
We should expect to be in the same position as Jeremiah in these days. Where are the prophets who spoke of economic recovery or world peace? Where are the voices that proclaimed the end of the Iran nuclear crisis or the recovery of retail as a means of generating jobs and prosperity? As Isaiah tellingly said:
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.