It is not a matter of “If”; it is a matter of when God’s word comes to pass. How do you respond to the messenger of God’s Word when that word is explained in expositional preaching, and it leaves you feeling guilty of sin, or it seems contrary to what “You believe”?
There was a man, Ebedmelech an Ethiopian, who showed that he trusted God, God’s word, and God’s servant Jeremiah, because he went to king Zedikiah to deliver the prophet from a pit of mire (Jeremiah 38:7-12), and Jeremiah was rescued.
Hear God’s word to Ebedmelech…
“Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.
But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in Me, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 39:16-18 (KJB)
As I was reading Jeremiah 38-41 this morning, and the above passage, I thought of the words of Jesus…
“He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” Matthew 10:41
The nation of Judah and Israel had rejected many prophets which God had sent to them to warn them to turn to the right way of God, His commandments, His word. Like Jeremiah many were mocked, ridiculed, persecuted, physically assaulted, and killed.
Most of us in 2018, yes Christian people, would much rather hear comforting, encouraging, uplifting words from God; and there are many in the Scriptures; but there are also warnings, watchings, corrections, and disciplining words in Scripture. We must hear and heed those too. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
God’s word; all of it; shall be fulfilled just as He has said, and not one word will be kept back. Believe His Son. Trust His finished work on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection.