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The Righteous Branch

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Jeremiah 23

15 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets:

“I will make them eat bitter food
and drink poisoned water,
because from the prophets of Jerusalem
ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

16 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They keep saying to those who despise me,

‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’

And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts

they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’
18 But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord
to see or to hear his word?
Who has listened and heard his word?
19 See, the storm of the Lord
will burst out in wrath,
a whirlwind swirling down
on the heads of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back
until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
you will understand it clearly.
21 I did not send these prophets, 
yet they have run with their message;
I did not speak to them,
yet they have prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my council,
they would have proclaimed my words to my people
and would have turned them from their evil ways
and from their evil deeds.

23 “Am I only a God nearby,”
declares the Lord,
“and not a God far away?
24 Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord.

25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? 27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. 28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

30 “Therefore,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 Yes,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies,yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.

False Prophecy

33 “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message from the Lord?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake you, declares the Lord.’ 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is a message from the Lord,’ I will punish them and their household. 35 This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’ or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 36 But you must not mention ‘a message from the Lord’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort the words of the living God, the Lord Almighty, our God. 37 This is what you keep saying to a prophet: ‘What is the Lord’s answer to you?’ or ‘What has theLord spoken?’ 38 Although you claim, ‘This is a message from theLord,’ this is what the Lord says: You used the words, ‘This is a message from the Lord,’ even though I told you that you must not claim, ‘This is a message from the Lord.’ 39 Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors. 40 I will bring on you everlasting disgrace—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”

New International Version (NIV)

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Author: Eric

I have been married to my wife Laura since 1995, and live in Austin, Texas with our two children. I have participated in the sport of triathlon and investing for many years.

2 thoughts on “The Righteous Branch

  1. Eric, I am assuming that this passage is speaking to you about our nation right now and how we have turned from the ways of God and gone the way of man and idols…
    I have also studied the scriptures that have spoken to me of how I believe that God has lifted His grace from this land that has been defiled by the way man lives…all of us have fallen short of His calling…
    Ezekiel 36:1 This message emphasized God’s Sovereignty and trustworthiness. He would first judge the nations used to punish Israel(1-7) and then restore his people(36:8-15)…I was concerned for My Holy Name, on which my people brought shame among the nations…..v22 Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD. I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect MY Holy name on which you brought shame..(.among the USA and the nations around the world.).and bring you home again…set apart.
    We are to be steadfast knowing that HE is GOD..He will call us out to bring Him Glory…It is for My namesake…He will give us a new spirit…1..A surrendered life…2..A decided heart.. a redirected heart desires Him..3..Prayer centered Life..vs 37..God be glorified..
    Trust in His plan and His faithfulness…sold out for God…
    The times we are in are all going according to His plan…it is all in His Word and in His Word we find Hope, Peace and Joy in the midst of this worlds circumstances. This is our temporary home….Glory is yet to come where we will live in peace with our Father throughout eternity,,,,Praise His name

    • I specifically asked the Lord to speak to me, opened up the bible and this is where it opened.

      Obviously, these pages are within the center of the book, however, 2 minutes beforehand I had told my wife that “I believed God wanted me to deliver His message” to someone.

      This passage was a specific message from the Lord through his writings, that I will hold my tongue on such statements.

      It also helped me to learn about false prophets for some reason or another.

      Afterward, I approached my wife and specifically RETRACTED my statement to her and explained what I just read.

      It has come to pass in my Life that for some reason or another every instance such as this reveals itself appropriately.

      I find these matters very important in my LIFE.

      The passage will reveal itself to all who read it according to His will. For when one reads these words it is written to be considered directly from our Lord Christ Jesus.