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Dr. June Normil
Jeremiah faithfully obeyed God's command to pronounce judgment on Jerusalem and Judah in the temple court (Jeremiah 19:14-15). His message was not one of hope, but one of judgment. Jerusalem was going to pay for its flagrant disobedience, and the people would have no excuse because Jeremiah had warned them. Pashhur's position was the chief overseer in the temple His duties included the enforcement of orderly conduct in and around the temple. Jeremiah's message was causing a stir, and Pashhur exercised his authority to deal with Jeremiah in order to silence him. He had him beaten and imprisoned in the temple detention area. When Jeremiah was released the next day, he took the opportunity to address Pashhur. In a prophetic word , the Lord renamed Pashhur. God explained that Pashhur would see his friends slaughtered. Pashhur and is family would be exiled to Babylon where they woud die. He would be exiled from Israel, exiled fromthe temple, and by extension, exiled from God's presence. God's judgment was certtain and serve on Pashhur. For centuries, God's messengers have been opposed, ridiculed, beaten, and killed. Time and again, people have attempted to silence the message. still today, around the world, we hear reports of men and women who are imprisoned for their faith and for the messsage they faithfully share. Opposition to God and His messengers will continue until Christ makes all things right.
THE MESSENGER DESPAIRS
THE MESSENGER REGAINS HOPE
In the mist of his lament, and in the midst of his internal struggle, Jeremiah turned his attention to the Lord. And he encoursaged himself by reminding himself of what God had promised. God's presence would be with him. God was his strength, and those who did him harm would suffer at God's hand. He may have experienced momentary ridicule and disgrace, but everyone would remember the disgrace of his oppressors. Jeremiah expressed his trust and hope in the one who knows the hearts and minds of all. Jeremiah could wait for God's vindication. And knowing that God would vindicate him, Jeremiah burst out with a glorious praise to the one who rescues the oppressed from the wicjked. It may be that Jeremiah based this expressed trust on his understanding of God's love for him. God's love for Jeremiah, and His love for us, makes it possible for us to trust and hope in Him when we are persecuted. God is our present, and God is our future. So, we can wait for Him to act (Lamentsations 3:21-24).
God never promised that obedience to His calling would be easy. Rather, we will face opposition. It may be more severe as fellow believers around the world lose their lives for their obedience to God's call. It is important to understand that there may be times of struggles. We may question our calling. We may question if God knows where we are or what we are enduring. This struggle is okay as long as we come to a place where we can affirm that we know God is with us and that He will empower us to endure. When you find yourself in the midst of opposition or persecution because you are being obedient to God's calling, remember that God loves you. He is with you. He will empower you to endure.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 97 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May 2016 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil