9/29 Jeremiah 23:28-29

28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. 29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

As the nation of Judah came to its final days, numerous false prophets prophesied the deceit of their own hearts. They would dream like we all do, but then make it into more than it was. God proclaimed through Jeremiah that He was against all those who falsely said, "declares the LORD" (Ezekiel 13:2-3). They were causing people to forget His name, not the name itself, but all it represented. God's name represents justice, righteousness, and holiness, but corruption and innocent blood had filled the land.

In our verses today, God told the dreamer to go ahead and tell his dream, but the prophet who had God's Word should speak it faithfully. There is no comparison. It's like the stalk of wheat and the grain head. One is for the fire and the other is nourishment. The Word of God is powerful and exposes the false dreams and phony revelations. It's the fire that consumes the straw or a hammer that smashes a rock to pieces. Jeremiah had actually stood in the council of God and heard what had to be declared. That powerful word sweeps away all the voices of man. It is the Word that created all things. It is forever settled in the heavens (Psalm 119:89). It rocks our very being and could annihilate us in an instant or raise us from death.

God promised to punish the lying prophets who said, "the burden of the LORD" (Jeremiah 23:32-40). He declared them to be a burden because they perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts. The same is true today. Jesus foretold that many would come in the last days claiming to be the Christ as well as many false prophets. He warned that they would even show great miraculous signs (Matthew 24:24). We've been warned. Stay with God's Word.

Remember: The word of God never changes. It is all-powerful!