Focus Verse: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies to you. (14)
The false prophets were touting around the best-dressed lie while Jeremiah spoke the naked truth. It may be hard to hear and harder to accept, but the latter is always better.
Focus Verse: Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.'” (16)
Jeremiah confronts the false prophet Hananiah and tells him that he will die for speaking lies and preaching rebellion to the nation of Israel. The fact that Jeremiah’s prophecy comes to pass and Hananiah’s prophecy does not shows that Jeremiah is God’s true and faithful prophet.
Focus Verse: Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (7)
Just as Jeremiah had prophesied for many years, the people of Israel were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. They were in a land that was hostile and foreign to them. For a long time they had been the conquerors; now they were conquered. But amid their punishment, God encourages them to prosper. When unfair, hard times hit us, it is easy to feel that God has forgotten about us and abandoned us as exiles in a strange land. This is never the case. There is no need to despair and decrease, just pray and seek peace, because God knows the plans He has for you – plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Focus Verse: During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (7)
Jesus was in constant prayer to His Father when He was living here on earth. If Christ was driven to His knees because of the troubles of life, how much more should we be constant in prayer? Because of His obedience, God heard the prayers of His Son, but He did not answer all of His prayers. Jesus prayed for God to save Him from death because He knew that God was the only one who could do so. God heard this request and could have granted it, but He chose not to do so because He wanted Christ to become the source of eternal salvation for all who obey and believe Him.