Jeremiah 28* A false prophet opposes Jeremiah. (1-9) The false prophetwarned of his approaching death. (10-17)1-9 Hananiah spoke a false prophecy. Here is not a word of goodcounsel urging the Jews to repent and return to God. He promisestemporal mercies, in God's name, but makes no mention of thespiritual mercies which God always promised with earthlyblessings. This was not the first time Jeremiah had prayed forthe people, though he prophesied against them. He appeals to theevent, to prove Hananiah's falsehood. The prophet who spake onlyof peace and prosperity, without adding that they must not bywilful sin stop God's favours, will be proved a false prophet.Those who do not declare the alarming as well as the encouragingparts of God's word, and call men to repentance, and faith, andholiness, tread in the steps of the false prophets. The gospelof Christ encourages men to do works meet for repentance, butgives no encouragement to continue in sin. 10-17 Hananiah is sentenced to die, and Jeremiah, when he hasreceived direction from God, boldly tells him so; but not beforehe received that commission. Those have much to answer for, whotell sinners that they shall have peace, though they hardentheir hearts in contempt of God's word. The servant of God mustbe gentle to all men. He must give up even his right, and leavethe Lord to plead his cause. Every attempt of ungodly men tomake vain the purposes of God, will add to their miseries.
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