Thursday, 24 October 2019
Jeremiah 43:2 Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, "You are telling a lie. The LORD our God did not send you to say, 'Do not go to Egypt to live there,'
So here's a typical human response to getting divine instructions. Deny it; deny the messenger. They must be wrong. I don't like it, so it can't be true.
These men had asked Jeremiah to seek God for them and to bring them His word about staying in the Land (and serving the king of Babylon), or going down to Egypt. They wanted God to agree with them and say, "Yes, go wherever you want and will feel most comfortable," but He didn't. Jeremiah's word was for them to stay put in the Land and that God would protect them there. So the men doubted God, feared the king of Babylon and called Jeremiah a liar.
That didn't alter the truth of God's words or the accuracy of Jeremiah's report. We must be prepared for people to doubt us, doubt God and call us liars or fools. That doesn't alter the truth of the gospel we bear and the real consequences of failing to respond.