Daily D – Jeremiah 23:28-29
The prophet who has only a dream should recount the dream, but the one who has my word should speak my word truthfully, for what is straw compared to grain?”—this is the LORD’s declaration. “Is not my word like fire”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?”
JEREMIAH 23:28-29 (CSB)
go ahead and tell your silly dreams.
But you prophets who have a message from me—
tell it truly and faithfully.
What does straw have in common with wheat?
Nothing else is like GOD’s Decree.
Isn’t my Message like fire?” GOD’s Decree.
“Isn’t it like a sledgehammer busting a rock?”
Opinions are many. Facts are few.
Or as an article in Psychology Today says, your right to an opinion does not make your opinion valid. “The truth is that a fact is a statement that can be supported to be true or false by data or evidence. In contrast, an opinion is a personal expression of a person’s feelings or thoughts that may or may not be based in data.” (Psychology Today, June 19, 2017, Your Right to an Opinion Does Not Make Your Opinion Valid)
God our Father made the same point a long time ago. He made that point again and again. Many people did not listen then. Many are not listening now.
People love powerful speeches. They love dramatic imagery. A little mysticism makes things even more titillating. Politicians love to borrow authority from well-known Bible passages carefully excised from their contexts and made to sound as if God Himself agrees with them. Go back to the verses above to get his opinion, nay his fact and truth, about such “exegesis.”
How do we know what is “a fact . . . supported to be true or false by data or evidence”? Results are a good determining factor. Jeremiah spent a long time warning kings and common people what was coming. They spent just as much time disagreeing with him or ignoring him. Guess whose opinion was like a sledgehammer smashing rocks?
Here is a simple truth: If God says it, you and I can believe it.
Our Father has preserved words of truth and life in the Bible. His truth stands the test of time. It endures from generation to generation. His word never fails. What he has promised will come to pass.
It is a good habit to pull up a chair, turn on a light, and open the Bible in a systematic fashion to hear what God has to say day by day. It is a good habit to ask yourself, “What is God saying to me through this verse or this passage?” What do you see that is true for all people in all places at all times? How do you need to adjust your life to God’s unchanging truth? How will you liberate your soul by walking in agreement with God?
It is good to hear God speak day by day. It is much better than a silly dream. Good grains ground into tasty dishes are much preferred to straw and hay. Feast on God’s Word. Taste and see that he is good.
I will trust God’s revealed and preserved truth.
Our Father, give me ears to hear what you are saying to me today through your words of truth and life. Give me a willing and obedient heart to do what you say. Let me feast on the riches of your grace. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.