The prophet Jeremiah was faithful in preaching, in delivering the word the LORD had given to him. It was not a popular word. The destruction of the city of Jerusalem and the temple, the captivity of the people, and it lasting for 70 years was not what they wanted to hear. They had hired prophets, so to speak, that would say what the priests and the people wanted to hear.
Let us hear what the LORD speaks through the prophet of God Jeremiah…
“In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word: if so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent Me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings. And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to Me, to walk in My law, which I have set before you, to hearken to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened; then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.” Jeremiah 26:1-7 (KJB)
Just focus for a moment on that last sentence in those verses. “So the priests and the prophets…”. What prophets? The hired ones who spoke according to their own imagination, and not what God said. They were there, they heard the word of the LORD, but did not like it. The people heard it. All the ones who came to the temple that day. All those who heard Jeremiah was going to speak.
All the people came, I would think, to see what would be done to the “Mad man” this time.
Jeremiah loved Jerusalem. He loved the temple and what it represented. He loved the people, the king, and the princes of Judah. He loved the LORD God more, and preached to honor God and His word even though it would practically cost him his life.
The message of Jeremiah was for the people to turn from their sins, their idolatry, their evil hearts, and turn back to the LORD; or else there would be destruction and captivity.
All the people heard, and did not repent. Many of you reading this today have heard of the death, the burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the only way of salvation, redemption, and a perpetual relationship with God the Father – and you have turned a deaf ear. Will you hear, and obey today?