Listening to the Wrong People (Jeremiah 41-45)

So Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the Lord, to remain in the land of Judah, Jeremiah 43:4

The heartbreak of the events in Afghanistan are still occupying my heart and mind this morning. As I have prayed and listened to so many people, I find that most people are pointing the finger of blame either to our current president or to our previous president. The one question on most Americans minds is this, who are our leaders listening?

In the days after the fall of Judah, the few people who remained in Judah faced horrific events. The newly appointed king of Judah (Jeremiah 41) was murdered along with his cabinet. Many of the remaining leaders were taken captive. Thankfully they were rescued by other people (41:11-18).

As we read their story, beginning in Jeremiah 42, it seemed as if things were going to turn for the better. The people gathered and summoned Jeremiah. The people asked him to seek the wisdom of God:

 and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us— that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.” 

Oh, how we want to rejoice, because these people were positioning themselves to listen to God. God’s promised to do the following if they would listen:

  • He would build them up.
  • He would plant them in the land.
  • He would be with them.
  • He would deliver them from trials.
  • He would be the mercy they needed.

Wow, who would ever want more than this? But wait, the people decided that they did not want to listen to God. How could this be? According to Jeremiah, the people had the following problems:

  • They were blind to the truth.
  • They thought they knew a better way.
  • They thought serving in Egypt made sense.

Brothers and sisters, none of this makes sense to me. But when we realize they were following dead gods propped up by Satan (44:5), we start to realize they were listening to the wrong god. This people had zero respect and zero love for God (44:10). They would not listen to Him (44:16).

Let me bring you back to our day (2021). Three things need saying:

  1. We need to ask God, why are you so long-suffering with us. I know God wants people to be saved. But there is a point of no-return (44:21).
  2. We need to plead for mercy every hour of every day.
  3. We need to plead for spiritual awakening in the body of Christ.

It will only be when the people of God clearly listen and clearly speak the Word of God that America will finally hear something worth listening too. Now is our time church. We must rise up to pray.

 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  I Timothy 2:1-2

2 questions:

  1. What do you have to say to this world?
  2. What is God saying to you in private?

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