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A Tale of Two Prophets

Let’s talk Jeremiah today.

And what an unpopular message God ordained him to share.

Because of the sinfulness of the people, Jeremiah was sent to warn the Israelites of their coming destruction.

I’m not sure we can wrap our heads around just how scathing a message Jeremiah proclaimed.

You know what made it even worse?

There were heaps, heaps, of other false prophets completely turning around his words and declaring complete lies.

Things that felt warm and fuzzy. Things that made the Israelites feel good, powerful, and safe. Things the people wanted to hear.

Jeremiah was unpopular, hated, and an anomaly among a culture of “prophets” that spoke encouraging, feel good words.

Jeremiah was sent to tell the unpopular truth, and it was a lonely road.

Interestingly, I was in Jeremiah 26 this week and noticed he wasn’t completely alone in sharing his message.

Enter Uriah.

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I’ve read Jeremiah before, but this story never stood out to me like it does today. I feel compelled to share because I pray it mobilizes us to be a beacon of Jesus’s light even when it’s tough.

Like Jeremiah, Uriah was sent to announce the destruction of Israel.

Only, their stories take a fork in the road when we get to chapter 26.

We know very little of Uriah, but can learn a valuable lesson from the snippet we learn in this chapter.

They shared the same message, but responded a different way.

When the king and religious leaders learned of the “heresy” these men spoke, they sought to kill them.

Jeremiah stayed put and stood firm, but Uriah ran away to Egypt.

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Have you ever done that?

I sure have.

I’ve run away from a hard situation or sharing truth when things got scary or uncomfortable.

I’ve run to the nearest safest Egypt I could find. Just to hide out until things seemed safe again.

Only, I find it interesting Uriah fled to Egypt for safety.

Let’s not forget the oppression and slavery his ancestors suffered there not all that long before.

I find that sometimes the thing that seems the safest can also cause the most bondage, and eventually our demise.

Sure enough, the king sent men to pursue Uriah. Eventually they found and killed him.

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Interestingly, Jeremiah defended his case before the people, a very angry people, and was released unharmed.

Which is pretty miraculous, if you ask me.

In a world with a lot of noise, we are called to stand firm in the faith, just as Jeremiah demonstrated.

The Bible tells us many people’s love for Jesus will grow cold in the last days. People will pursue messages that “tickle their ears” but are void of truth.

I am absolutely convinced we Christians in America are soon facing a day when our already unpopular truth will reach a point when will have to decide if we are going to be a Jeremiah and stand firm or Uriah and shrink back in fear.

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Don’t be afraid to stand up for Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

It’s a message clouded by lots of “ways” these days, but friends we must resolve ourselves to take a stand even when it’s not popular.

If you’re a believer, God has equipped you with spiritual gifts and has called you to use them to further His kingdom.

Are you using them? What’s holding you back from yielding to God in obedience?

May we knock down the strongholds of human reasoning, and everything inside us that will tell us, “run!” May we capture those thoughts and obey Christ standing firm through the power of His Holy Spirit (1 Cor 10:3-5).

Guys, we must open our eyes to the truth of God’s word and stand firm in it!

May we exude the love of Jesus in every single moment of every single day.

So many of our brothers and sisters around the world are standing firm and serving as living examples of this truth, and I pray we hold them up in prayer and are always prepared to give an account for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

Another lesson we can learn?

Running away may seem logical, but hinders our effectiveness.

We don’t know know many details, but we know Uriah “escaped in fear.”

Oh man, fear is a faith killer!

It holds us back time and time again.

I know you know what I’m saying, because we’ve all let fears keep us in bondage.

Let’s be honest, playing it safe out of fear seems good at the time. But eventually it leaves us feeling worse because we know we’re not doing what we’re made to do.

What’s that thing holding you back? What’s made you run to Egypt? Is it as safe and wonderful as you’d hoped it would be? I’m betting it’s not.

God has wired and equipped us for kingdom work. When He stirs in us a work we’re wired to do, I pray we press forward in obedience, even when the pressure is on.

He tells us not to be afraid.

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Even when fear and shrinking back seems to make sense, may we remember our call and trust Him to take care of the rest.

I pray the stories of these two men encouraged you today like they encouraged me.  I pray even when everything inside us wants to run, we cling to Truth and trust Him.

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