Speak the Word Boldly by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
SPEAK THE WORD BOLDLY
TEXT: Jeremiah 19:1-15
“Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD’S house; and said to all the people, Thus saith the LORD of hosts…” – (Jeremiah 19:14,15)
When Jeremiah was initially called by God into the prophetic ministry, he was timid. He complained that he was a child. He felt too fearful to come out to declare the word of God to the people of Israel. God, however, did not accept his excuse. He rather encouraged him. Thereafter, he became very bold and one of the most courageous prophets Israel ever had. He grew in grace and became a mighty defender of the faith.
The text under consideration is a dramatic and illustrative prophecy in which God instructed Prophet Jeremiah to take some elders of the land and some of the aged priests to Tophet and present a divine message of the imminent destruction that would come upon the cities of Judah and Jerusalem for their stubborn refusal to follow the word and way of the Lord. He was to take a potter’s earthen flask and break before them and then declare that as the broken earthen bottle can never be pieced together again, so will the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem be scattered and would never again be restored to what they were before the prophecy.
The courage, obedience and integrity of Jeremiah are highly commendable. He never minded the immediate punishment his boldness would draw upon him. What he declared before a few representatives of the land in the valley of Hinnom, he came back to the house of the Lord to declare in the presence of all and sundry.
Believers should fear no one but God in the declaration of the truth of the gospel. We should be bold enough to reprove sin and unrighteousness in the life of sinners and backsliders of all grades and status. They should be made to know that judgment is looming and that every act of unrighteousness will be given a just judgment except they repent.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Fearlessly declare the truth of God’s message.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: