Sunday, August 15, 2010

Secret meetings, but heard anything?

Jeremiah 37:17- 18

Later King Zedekiah secretly requested that Jeremiah come to the palace, where the king asked him, "Do you have any messages from the LORD?" "Yes, I do!" said Jeremiah, "You will be defeated by the king of Babylon."

Jeremiah was brave and spoke truth! Imagine, the King was ashamed to been seen with Jeremiah, but yet wanted his message. He knew that Jeremiah spoke truth and he needed to hear it.

Do you ever do this? You don't want to hear something and yet you seek out the one person in your life that will always speak the truth no matter what? Jeremiah was this person. Here Jeremiah was in a deep pit with what are described as niches or cabins on the sides. Small cells in a deep pit, doesn't sound great does it?

Jeremiah is out and speaking with the king. Is there any word from the LORD? YES, indeed you are going to be defeated. He tells the man that his life is in his control. Does he hold back? No, just spits it right out at him. Jeremiah was so faithful to God that the truth just rolled out and Jeremiah would rather not return to the dungeon. So, he speaks where are your prophets now? I told you truths and it happened. He reminds the king I've not lied, I've spoken truths to you please don't send me back. The king knew this was so and allowed Jeremiah to stay around the palace imprisoned in the courtyard.

The king knew that Jeremiah was a man of God and that God spoke with him. He went in secret to Jeremiah and in the next chapter again he sent for Jeremiah and I loved what this king said…"And don't try to hide the truth. Don't you love that? Jeremiah has been speaking truth, but it wasn't what they wanted to hear. Is this us? We don't want to hear, so we don't listen? Jeremiah was all about truth and reminds them if I give you advice you don't listen anyway….Is this us?

Who do we listen to? Who speaks to our ear or heart?

God gives us the truths in His Word are we listening?

Sweet Blessings,



Linda said...

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Frankie said...

Debbie, that King Zedekiah was not so different from us as you said. We too want to hear what we want to hear.

I loved the description that Ezekial gave of the vision he had of God's glory in Ezekial 1:26-28.

Can we even imagine how beautiful it is? A throne of blue lapis, a figure that resembled a man and from the waist up he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. From the waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. Ezekial says, " This what the glory of the Lord looked like to me. When I saw it I fell face down on the ground and I heard someone's voice speaking to me." How awesome is this, that Ezekial told us what he saw.

This vision excites me. I am trying to imagine the glory of the Lord!