False prophets supply a false confidence that will eventually destroy his/her followers. In Judah, the false "prophets" were saying that God would never destroy them or allow them to go into captivity. Jeremiah and his contemporaries were saying the exact opposite. They knew exactly what was about to happen, and they spoke to the people with boldness and clarity. God loves them too much not to warn them, but His people simply would no longer listen. Yahweh tells Jeremiah to stop praying for revival in the land of Judah, because their end is inevitable, and He will not change His mind. He promises that those false prophets will die by the sword and famine. Their followers will face the same fate and worse because of their unfaithfulness and perversity. We still have false teachers and false prophets in today's culture. As Christ-followers, we are responsible for who we listen to or take instruction from. If your pastor, priest, or religious leader is preaching topical sermons that are based upon one or two verses used outside their context, then it might be time to reevaluate who you are listening to. As a pastor with twenty-seven years of experience, I know that I could take a text out of its context and make it say anything I want it to. If I am going to preach exegetically and contextually, then I must focus more on whole books of the Bible and preaching verse-by-verse within that book and its context. God was holding the citizens of Judah accountable for who they listened to, and He will do the same with each of us. He gave His people a true prophet named Jeremiah, and they would not listen. Will we do the same?

Help me, Lord, to follow Your men who preach Your Word in Your pulpit each week. Help me to always preach and teach Your Word exegetically and contextually knowing it is the only way to understand exactly what You are saying and what You want me to do.