Tell Everybody

The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.  And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

Jeremiah 25:2-4

The entire book of Jeremiah is the sad story of the fall of nation of Israel.  God’s people have rejected Him over and over again and have followed their own lusts and have refused to return to Him. 

Here we find Jeremiah telling the people that, though the Lord sent them prophets to speak to them, they have “not hearkened.”  They have “not inclined their ear to hear.”  This truly is a sad story, but what caught my eye was the simple phrase found in verse 2, “Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people…”  He spake to ALL of the people.  They didn’t listen to him.  They refused to listen to him.  But still he did what the Lord told him to do and he spake to all of the people.

Too often I think that we don’t get the message of Jesus Christ out like we should.  We want to tell “some of the people.”  It’s natural to be intimidated by some and it’s natural to want to pass by some.  But we are to tell “all people.”  God did not have Jeremiah tell only those who would listen.  He did not have him tell only those who fit a certain demographic.  He spake unto “all the people.”

A convicting question: how are we doing as “Ambassadors for Christ?”  How are we doing at speaking His message to “all the people?”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben 🙂

    “A convicting question: how are we doing as “Ambassadors for Christ?” How are we doing at speaking His message to “all the people?” ”
    Have a look at this post from Theresa (and the other two before) http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/telling-part-3-living-to-tell-about-it/ … I think God is trying to tell us something!

    “They didn’t listen to him. They refused to listen to him. But still he did what the Lord told him to do … ”
    Thanks for pointing this out. Our place is not to judge or sift but to spread the Word!
    Blessings and thanks,
    ann

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    • I’ve been reading Theresa’s blog. Maybe He is trying to tell us something. I heard someone say once that we are called to sow the seed, not to test the soil. I have always remembered that.

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  2. I often think of the prophets and all they did and went through in obedience to God. To say it wasn’t easy would be a big fat understatement. Thank you, Ben, then for restating what I know He’s shown me and told me to do. I think I could do better at this. Praying now for Him to show me who He wants me to tell and give me the opportunity to do it! God bless you!

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    • I think we all need to be better at this! I can’t even imagine all the things those prophets went through and to think of all the times I haven’t even had the courage to walk across the street for Him.

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