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Speak as the Oracles of God

At the Twenty-Eighth of Jeremiah, we read of Hananiah of Gibeon, who fancied himself to be a prophet. Hananiah declared unto Jeremiah in the presence of witnesses that God would, within two years, break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, from the neck of all nations. Jeremiah pointed out that the Lord had truly sent the prophet whose word came to pass. Jeremiah told Hananiah that the latter had not been sent by the Lord, and that Hananiah would die within the year; and he did. A prophet, simply defined, is one who speaks for another. As we do not like being misrepresented, God certainly does not either. The oracle is both the speaker of truth and the truth which he spoke. For this cause, Peter wrote, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.”

Written by David Hayes Prophater