There is a high personal price to be paid for preaching the truth. In Jeremiah 20, the prophet is beaten with whips and put in stocks designed to inflict bodily pain and suffer public humiliation. Not exactly what the preacher signs on for when he responds to God’s call. But this is one of the hazards of preaching what people don’t want to hear. Preaching sweet, little tantalizing sermons to be flattered as the people shake hands as they leave church, is tempting. But as Paul told a young Timothy, the preacher must confront sin, correct error, rebuke if necessary and encourage right living.
Some people hear only what they want to. Their “itching ears” are eager to hear things that fit what they want to be told. This is a particular concern to Paul as he sees the last days approaching.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NIV) — 2 preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encouragewith great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
The truth must be told, and J is right back at it as soon as he is released from the stocks (vv.4-6). Paschur might have killed him but he could not shut him up. But J complains to The Lord for the remainder of the chapter: vv.7-18. He knows he’ll never be able to keep quiet because God’s word in him “burns like a fire in his bones” (v.9). He can’t keep it in even if he tries to. What J called Paschur, the people now call him:”the man who lives in terror” (vv.3 &10). See how the people turned the message back on Jeremiah?
These are moments of confidence and self-doubt for a weary prophet. At times he knows The Lord stands beside him (v.11), but the next, he curses the day he was born (v.14). “Why was I ever born?” His whole life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and shame” (v.18).
Has he become Job now? “Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties? I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water. What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes” (Job 3:24-26). Jeremiah can identify.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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