Jeremiah 28

Jeremiah 28:1-17

SUMMARYBroken yoke

OVERVIEWHananiah, the false prophet, and Jeremiah battle over who speaks for God. Hananiah breaks Jeremiah’s yoke, and Jeremiah prophecies Hananiah’s death.

BIG IDEAFalse prophets can be convincing and have a flair for the dramatic, but focus on the truth and power of the Lord.

KEY VERSEJeremiah 28:8–9 (Jeremiah to Hananiah)
The ancient prophets who preceded you and me spoke against many nations, always warning of war, disaster, and disease. So a prophet who predicts peace must show he is right. Only when his predictions come true can we know that he is really from the Lord.

I want you to trust my authority. I want you to rest in me and have confidence that I will always be with you, even when you feel overwhelmed or the odds are not in your favor. During those times, your circumstances may have changed. But I have not. I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. You would be wise to seek me and follow me every day.

Everyone wears a yoke. Everyone is under authority. The question is, whose yoke are you wearing? Stay yoked to me, and let me lead you. Do not pick and choose which of my instructions you think are essential. Listen to and obey all that I have to say. When you select only those items you agree with, you take off my yoke and put on another. My teachings are sometimes tricky, but that is why you must walk with me. I will supply all you need to be successful. Trust me and walk with me.

Do you have friends you can turn to when your soul feels tired, or you are under spiritual attack? If so, tell them you appreciate them and thank God for them. If not, ask God to provide someone. Be sure to be that type of friend to others.