Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bonus Reading, Jeremiah

The Shepherds Mislead the Sheep 

Today's reading is a lament about the false prophets who have mislead God's people.  Such leaders -- political and religious -- presented ideas that they said were God's teaching, but they were not.  Their visions are figments of their own imaginations, not any holy guidance from God.  Such false prophets were so rampant in ancient Israel that God has lost patience with them and stopped using official "court prophets" (those who were paid advisers to the king), like Isaiah.  (Instead, God started using outsiders to offer a true word of God's intentions, people like Amos.)

Read Jeremiah 23:1-32  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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