- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
The False prophet Hananiah.
Hananiah was representing false prophets at Jeremiah’s time in 597 BC when Babylonian’s invasion over Judah was still on. He faced Jeremiah in the temple and prophesied total restoration of Judah within two years, returning home for those who were exiled, and he broke Jeremiah’s yoke to emphasize his point.
Jeremiah confronted Hananiah with their predecessors who were chastised for their false prediction (Deuteronomy 18:20-22, Micah 3:5-12). Because the situation was unchanged, Hananiah’s prophecy, though attractive, seemed very doubtful.
Later Jeremiah used an iron yoke to emphasize that the exile would continue, which came true when Jerusalem fell by Babylonian army in 589BC.
Who were false prophets? They were prophets whom God did not send them, but who persuaded people to trust lies (V.15)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?