The Prophet's Lying Friends (Jeremiah 23:9-40)
Topic: Sermons Passage: Jeremiah 23:9–23:40
It's March and my son is already home for Spring Break! This semester is going fast. Baseball teams are at spring training, and soon we'll be filling out brackets for March Madness. And Lent is just starting, which means Easter is only 40 days away! The other thing about March that we've been promoting is Mission:Possible, a challenge to invite an unchurched family in your neighborhood over for a meal. We want to encourage the members and attenders of Potomac Hills to open their homes to foster new relationships that spread Christ's love. Hospitality can be as easy as just setting a couple extra places at the dinner table. I hope you are able to take up the challenge, I'd love to hear how it goes.
This Sunday's passage, Jeremiah 23, hits a theme that runs throughout the Scriptures: the idea that not every person who says they speak for God can be trusted. How do we know the real ones from the false ones? And how dangerous are the false prophets? The Lord makes known His true feelings known about those who were supposed to be God's mouthpieces, but were "speaking visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord" (23:16). Does that still happen today? How can we avoid grieving God in the way that those false prophets did? I look forward to thinking through these things with you Sunday! - Rev. Dorst