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Jeremiah 27 [Read]
Jeremiah 28 [Read]
2 Timothy 4 [Read]
In October of 2012, all the media focused on the coming of the “super storm” Hurricane Sandy. In the Northeast corner of US where I used to live, every station was forecasting a catastrophic magnitude of damage for the region. The weathermen were asking everyone to treat this storm seriously and did all the preparations they could, and we were warned about a possibility of extended period of power outage throughout the region. Just as the cliché says: “hope for the best but plan for the worst”.
Forecasting the future is a tricky thing. Even with the advanced technology we have today, with all the computer models predicting the storm path, I notice that no one station will dare to guarantee an outcome of the storm, not even on the day it is supposed to make landfall. Besides the concern for law suit, I think it’s because there is real uncertainty for the situation. The truth is we really don’t know how the storm will hit.
Jeremiah had no such concern, because “the word came to Jeremiah from the LORD” (Jer 27:1). God had decreed to give his people and other nations into the hands of his servant Nebuchadnezzar (27:6), and all who rebelled against God’s will would be punished (27:8). This is pretty outrageous predictions, for the Babylonians did not even worship the LORD. It again confirms the truth that “there is no authority except that is established by God” (Rom 13:1). It is understandable that Hananiah prophesized differently, for men often want to make God work the way they think is right, just, or even spiritual. The outcome of such self-righteousness is tragic (28:17).
Apostle Paul also made his daring prediction: “yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2Ti 1:12). Like Jeremiah, Paul was not at all concerned about the popular thinking. His calling is to be a workman who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2:15), and the reward for him is the “crown of righteousness” (4:8). Such thinking propelled him forward. I believe human beings are created to live with conviction, and only those who find it will live a fulfilled life. I also believe that only one conviction is true, and that conviction shall bring us the ultimate reward. I don’t mind making that definitive prediction. How about you?
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