“But you must not mention ‘the oracle of the Lord’
again, because every man’s own word becomes his oracle, and so you distort the
words of the living God, the Lord Almighty, our God” (Jer. 23:36).
For study, the whole chapter of Jeremiah 23 should be read.
I pulled this sentence because of its application today. Weekly I come across
people whose own words are their revelation of “truth.” It is always a distortion
of the word of God. In churches that recognize the gift of prophecy, the same
thing occurs. In many instances, there is no means or effort to shut down these
false prophecies. Several chapters in Jeremiah are given to shutting down or
standing up against these “prophets.”
Written July 1986.
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