DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 15 July 2023: You Are Not Alone
Key Verse: “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes.” – (Jeremiah 29:21)
TEXT: Jeremiah 29:20-32 (KJV)
Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;
22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;
23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.
24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,
25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
26 The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?
28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,
31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:
32 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the Lord; because he hath taught rebellion against the Lord.
When a genuine messenger of God finds himself in an island surrounded by false teachers and agents of the devil, he must be guided by the Holy Spirit to search the Scriptures for corresponding instances in previous dispensations where God stepped in to assert His authority. As he is so led, he will hear from the Lord and be comforted that he is not, after all, without support from heaven.
While the children of Israel were in captivity and were receiving messages from Prophet Jeremiah, as directed by God, two men, Ahab and Zedekiah, were issuing contradictory statements that deceived them about the future. They claimed to speak in the name of the Lord. In addition, they were given to vile behaviours like adultery. Although they outnumbered Jeremiah, God would prove that one with Him is indeed the winning majority, by slaying them in judgment.
The preacher of holiness and righteousness may appear overwhelmed as a lone voice in the wilderness of sin, unbelief and universal apostasy, but he should resist the call to join the multitude to do evil. He should remember that the broad way takes in the crowd of those who reject the truth and accept error. Awaiting these deceivers in the end is doom and damnation, except they repent.
The presenters of the ungarnished truth of the word must count themselves the salt of the world whose presence is required by heaven to deliver humanity from their unsavoury existence. Just as only a small quantity of salt makes a marked difference in the culinary process, so has the Lord also earmarked the evangelism work of a few committed followers of Christ to transform the larger society of unsaved souls.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Strive to be amongst the few believers preaching in and out of season.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Chronicles 9-11
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – You Are Not Alone – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 15 July 2023