Thursday, January 10, 2013
Opposing the truth
I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.
This promise of deliverance was given by God to Jeremiah because the prophet was starting to receive persecution for faithfully proclaiming God's message of judgment. Jeremiah needed the encouragement. And God promised to keep him from the outcomes of evil actions planned against him.
God's message was not popular. The wildly accepted messages of false optimism from the lying prophets were well received by the people. But Jeremiah's repeated warnings of death, destruction, judgement, and the curses of the covenant were not what the people wanted to hear. They responded with threats. And the only way out of this was the deliverance that God would bring. There would be no other way out.
The truth will be opposed by wicked and ruthless people. It happened to all the prophets. It will happen as long as human beings oppose the rule of God. But God will take care of Himself. His Word has survived despite tyrannical rages against Him. God is perfectly capable of taking care of His truth and His people. And His Word will continue to survive because God has settled it forever in heaven.