The Truth – No Matter What!

Posted on June 2, 2021

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By David Ettinger

A Wonderful Example
Jeremiah was known as “The Weeping Prophet” for the level of emotionalism he displayed in the Bible book named for him. Though this nickname is appropriate, it often detracts from Jeremiah’s grit, courage, and tenacity.

Though Jeremiah wept over the looming destruction of his people Judah – that is, Israel’s Southern Kingdom – he never hesitated to proclaim the message of doom and judgment God commanded him to speak. And this in light of death threats, which occurred several times during his life.

Jeremiah knew God’s truth, and was willing to proclaim it no matter what! Because he did, he left us a wonderful example for today.

Jeremiah’s Bold Defense
A perfect illustration of this is found in Jeremiah Chapter 26. In verses 1-6, God commands Jeremiah to pronounce judgment upon Judah. In verse 7-9, the priests, prophets, and citizens of Judah become enraged at Jeremiah for his message. In verses 10-11, the city’s officials demand his death.

In the face of such hostility and danger, does God’s “Weeping Prophet” recoil, rescind his words, or beg for mercy? Far from it! Rather, with great confidence in the God He knows so well and the boldness which comes with it, Jeremiah resoundingly replies:

The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard. Now then, reform your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will relent of the disaster which He has pronounced against you. But as for me, behold, I am in your hands; do with me as is good and right in your sight. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and its inhabitants; for truly the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words so that you hear them (vv. 12-15).

Surrounded by a mob demanding his blood, Jeremiah’s resolve is remarkable. Not only does he NOT rescind the words God gave Him, but reiterates them. Next, Jeremiah REALLY steps up, saying that if the Judahites are intent on slaying him, let them do so. This is similar to what Daniel’s 3 friends told Nebuchadnezzar when faced with being burned alive in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:16-18).

In closing, Jeremiah again affirms that his words are indeed from God. In essence, Jeremiah is saying: “I have communicated to you the words of God Himself. If you want to kill me because of it, then do so, but know this: God has spoken, His word is firm, and He will not relent unless you repent.”    

Jeremiah’s defense is indeed bold!

A Powerful Example
Jeremiah’s example is a powerful one for believers today.

As the world continues to grow more hostile to God, Christians will be in the crosshairs of its hostility and hatred. Proclaiming God’s biblical truth will become more the object of attack, and the world will despise us for it (John 15:18-27).

If we are really living for Christ, we will be more susceptible to attacks and criticisms. We well could find ourselves surrounded by those demanding we keep our mouths shut. How will we respond? Will we cower in fear and bury the truth within? If our lives are threatened, will we fall into survival mode to save our skins?

Or, like Jeremiah, will we proclaim the message God has assigned to us, telling the world that terrible judgment awaits, but that God has provided His Son to take away our sins? Will we take on the attitude that says, Come what may – be it reviling, persecution, or even death – I will proclaim a living a Savior to a lost and dying world?

May God give us the strength and fortitude of Jeremiah that come what may, we will always be willing and able to share the Truth – no matter what!