The Lover of Your Soul

1 Now Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord. The next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord does not call your name Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. For thus says the Lord: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall strike them down with the sword. Moreover, I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely.” ~ Jeremiah 20:1-6 ESV

When the Spirit of Discernment doesn’t dwell within the people of God, and they speak out against the people of God, God will remove them. Titles mean nothing to God, for He gives all men (and women) their titles and places them on the totem pole. It’s God who raises up kings and prophets. It’s God who establishes. While we agree with these two statements, we forget or maybe overlook the counterpart, which is just as important, if not more important. God raises up, but He also brings down. The kings of Judah and Israel weren’t immune to being humbled by God even though they were established by God, Himself, to lead the people of God. King Saul was the LORD’s anointed, yet the kingdom was ripped from underneath him, and all of his descendants, except for one, died. There is no person on this earth that is above the justice from the LORD.

Therefore, pray for discernment. Earnestly seek wisdom and understanding that you might test the spirit behind every word you hear. For even though Pashur was a priest, he lacked discernment. See, Pashur most likely became like Christians today, too caught up with their role in the Church and missing their role as the future bride of Christ. We are betrothed to the one who loves us more than any other. To the one who died for us, yet we miss out on a relationship with Him before the marriage supper because we’re too busy planning the wedding.

Here’s what I’m saying. Pashur was a priest, and I’m sure he did all of his priestly duties. His father was the chief officer of the house of the LORD. Pashur wasn’t like the sons of Eli. He didn’t blaspheme and sleep with women in the Temple. His sin was the sin that is overtaking the Church today, the sin of planning the wedding without the bridegroom. We’ve each been given different roles to play, and it’s important that we do those roles, but not at the cost of our relationship with Christ. What good is a planned wedding if there is no bridegroom for the bride? The wedding is now useless. This is the same in Christianity if we have no relationship with Christ. All that we’ve done and accomplished in His name is worthless and useless if we don’t have a relationship with Him. Because without a relationship with Christ, there is no discernment, and without discernment, we will miss the signs, wonders, and words of the LORD given to us by His people. Without discernment, we will falsely prophesy as Pashur did and, in doing so, condemn ourselves to captivity in Babylon, where we will die far away from the presence of God. So, seek the LORD. Seek His wisdom, understanding, and discernment.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Seek a Relationship with the Lover of Your Soul.

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