God Is Like Fire

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    Jeremiah 20:9: But if I say, I will not mention him or speak any more in his name, his word is in my heart like fire, a fire shut up in my bones.”

    Theological Reflection

    Pashhure the son on Immer, the chief officer in the temple, heard Jeremiah prophesying God’s judgements against Judah.  He prophesied violence and destruction, suffering and death.

    Pashhure, ordered Jeremiah to be beat and thrown into the stocks; that is into jail.

    Jeremiah 20:7-8 says, “O Lord you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and pervailed.  I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long.”

    Jeremiah feels like he was not given a choice; the words God instructed him to speak, caused him to be isolated, mocked, disliked, beaten and locked up repeatedly.  Friends he trusted, turned against him. Alone, and suffering ostracization; living a life not many would welcome, he thinks about committing to silence.

    Yahweh , knows Jeremiah’s heart.  Having ordained him a prophet before he was conceived in the womb; Jeremiah is a true prophet, and cannot silence, or bottle up the word of God flowing through his heart, mind and soul.

    God’s word was like a fire, which would not stop burning; it burned in his heart. As with the other prophets, the prophetic call was inescapable.

    Amos 3:7-8 says, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared — who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken who can but prophesy?      Prophets speak, because God has spoken.

    Prayer

    Lord, thank you for your word. Thank you for ears to hear and eyes to see.  You are our God, and we are your children.

    You spoke, and we were created; “in the image of God he created him; male and female  he created them”. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

    Father, thank you for the revelation of your word. Your word is fire, it is like fire in our bones, and we pray that the flame atop the fire is eternal. We pray that it will cease to burn. In Jesus name. Amen