THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Jeremiah 28:1-17
Focal verse(s): Jeremiah 28:9: “But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”
Jeremiah’s message about the coming judgment was directly opposed by Hananiah, who said Judah would be victorious over Babylon. The false prophet urged Judah to revolt against Nebuchadnezzar, promising the temple treasures would be returned from Babylon within two years, directly contradicting Jeremiah’s message. Hananiah removed the yoke Jeremiah was wearing around his neck and broke it to support his false prophesy that God would break Nebuchadnezzar’s yoke within two years. God told Jeremiah that Hananiah had broken a wooden yoke, but it would be replaced by an iron yoke which would be attached to the neck of the nations and could not be broken. To prove that Jeremiah was the true prophet, God would kill Hananiah within the next seven months. Hananiah died two months later! How do you test to be sure a prophet is true? This can be done by asking two simple questions: (1) “Does his life match his words?” (2) “Does the Bible back up his statements?” You can’t go wrong with the combination of these two questions in proving a prophet’s credibility!