For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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11The word of Adonai came to me, asking, “Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), what do you see?” I answered, “I see a branch from an almond tree . 12Then Adonai said to me, “You have seen well, because I am watching to fulfill my word.”
13A second time the word of Adonai came to me, asking, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a caldron tilted away from the north, over a fire fanned by the wind.” 14Then Adonai said to me, “From the north calamity will boil over onto everyone living in the land, 15because I will summon all the families in the kingdoms of the north,” says Adonai,
“and they will come and sit, each one, on his throne
at the entrance to the gates of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem),
opposite its walls, all the way around,
and opposite all the cities of Y’hudah (Judah).
16I will pronounce my judgments against them
for all their wickedness in abandoning me,
offering incense to other gods
and worshipping what their own hands made.
17“But you, dress for action; stand up and tell them
(* Put on the whole armor of God… note by author)
everything I order you to say.
When you confront them, don’t break down;
or I will break you down in front of them!
18For today, you see, I have made you into
a fortified city, a pillar of iron,
a wall of bronze against the whole land —
against the kings of Y’hudah (Judah), against its princes,
against its cohanim (priests) and the people of the land.
19They will fight against you,
but they will not overcome you,
for I am with you,” says Adonai,
“to rescue you.”
*English translation for Hebrew are in parentheses placed there by this author
It is a hard thing to be told to speak the words of God “against the kings of Y’hudah,” symbols of religious and secular leaders; “against its princes, against its cohanim (priests) and the people of the land.” It is a hard thing to be told to speak the words of God to a people who do not want to hear truth but only what tickles their ears. Harder yet is to also be told that what is said will not be received and more, will cause a fight against the speaker. This calls for confidence that God has indeed spoken and given the commands. God does not leave the speaker defenseless; he states, “they will not overcome you, for I am with you, to rescue you.”
Those who speak out against what does not agree with scripture can be confident in God’s protection, care and peace. When God says “speak” and those faithful to hear him speak; even if it challenges what ‘the people‘ think is right; God is there to protect, to rescue from the attack that is sure to come.
Pray – In God I praise his word – in Adonai – I praise his word – in God I trust; I have no fear; what can mere humans do to me? Psalms 56:11-12
Repent – I repent for “wandering.” You have kept count of my wanderings; store my tears in your water skin – aren’t they already recorded in your book? Psalm 56:9
Ask – Show me favor, God, show me favor; for in you I have taken refuge. Yes, I will find refuge in the shadow of your wings until the storms have passed. Psalm 57:2
Yes – I call to God, the Most High, to God, who is accomplishing his purpose for me. Be exalted, God, above heaven! May your glory be over all the earth! Psalm 57:3 and 6
Source: Jeremiah and Psalms