“Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah, because Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, ‘Why do you prophesy, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I am about to give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will take it’” (Jeremiah 32:2-3).

While we regard Jeremiah highly, he was considered a traitor by his own people because he preached a message they and, especially, Zedekiah did not want to hear. Such is the nature of truth; it’s rarely a polite attention-getter, but most often a screaming indictment against the life we have already chosen to live. As a true prophet of God, Jeremiah recognized no one is done any favors by withholding the truth of God’s word; that only by truthful proclamation can individuals make the decisions necessary to abide in relationship with the Father and partake in the hope that only he offers.

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