Jeremiah 23

Jeremiah 23:1-40

SUMMARYFalse prophets

OVERVIEWGod condemns and will discipline the false prophets who lead his people astray. Although they have deserted Judah and led them to destruction, God says he will gather a remnant and raise a righteous descendant. God reminds them that he is everywhere present—both near and far—and that nothing goes unseen.

BIG IDEABeware of false prophets who give false hope.

KEY VERSEJeremiah 23:23–24 (God to Jeremiah)
“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

I am repulsed when those masquerading as believers purposefully lead others astray. It is possible that a well-intentioned person might mistakenly guide someone seeking wisdom. But to knowingly direct another away from me and onto a path of lies is evil and wicked and they will be disciplined. Do not be like them. And beware of false prophets who look and sound like believers but work for the enemy himself. They are not disturbed by their actions, for they are selfish, proud, and arrogant.

I am aware of all that is happening, for I am not a distant God who cannot see or hear. I am everywhere present, and when those seeking me are led astray, I will gather them back myself. Jesus was the righteous one who came to earth to unite humanity with me. My Spirit remains to instruct, guide, secure, and convict. And Jesus will come again to judge the wicked and restore my broken world. I have not forgotten my people. I will always provide for you.

Test what you believe God is saying by comparing it with clear teaching from the Bible and asking trusted, mature followers of Jesus.