Jeremiah 17.19-22 – Prophecy and scripture.
Posted: 9 February 2012 in Jeremiah

Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates: Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

Reading Jeremiah, it suddenly occurred to me to wonder why no prophets are to be heard today, and such “prophets” as there are all sound like self serving conmen. Given the extent to which the modern world has turned away from God, at least in the West, it is not immediately obvious that there is no need for their voice to be heard. The answer, I suppose, is that we today have the Bible, and it is that which we expected to consult if we would hear the voice of God. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus has Abraham say to the rich man:

“If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16.31)”

So it is with us. If we would not listen to the scriptures, which are inspired by God and contain all things necessary for salvation, neither would we listen, even if a new prophet were to appear amongst us.

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