“Whose Word?”

I listened last night as Franklin Graham proclaimed God’s Word not only in person in Toronto but through a profitable use of the internet to a watching world. Like his father, Dr. Billy Graham, Franklin references the Bible throughout his preaching. It was the Senior Graham who made ‘famous’ the expression, “The Bible says.” Let’s pray for this proclamation of God’s word in the Air Canada Centre again tonight and tomorrow night. Instead of “Hockey Night in Canada” may this be “Harvest Night in Canada!”

In Jeremiah 23 the LORD has been listening to His “professed spokesmen.” Jeremiah wasn’t the only prophet. Lots of men were “prophesying” but whose word were they actually speaking?

“I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream! How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has MY WORD SPEAK IT FAITHFULLY. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23:23-29)

Not everyone who ‘speaks’ for God actually SPEAKS FOR GOD! Made up messages from human origin, these false prophets turn listeners away from the true and living God. Pray for the faithful speaking of the LORD’s word. HIS WORD is like fire. HIS WORD is like a hammer. May it be powerfully proclaimed across our country and around the world this day through Spirit-anointed preachers!

As I reflected on this passage from Jeremiah, I recalled a missions trip to another country of the world. One of the ‘infamous’ preachers there had ‘prophesied’ a certain series of events. A Down’s syndrome young man sitting on the front row of the balcony during the service shouted out (what the rest of the congregation was thinking). His cry? “I DOUBT IT!” When the LORD has spoken, there will be NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!

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