“Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
If Jeremiah had lived today, God may have likened his word to a nuclear bomb.
These short verses shook me up. As a teacher of God’s word, I have an awesome responsibility to speak the word faithfully.
The prophets in Jeremiah’s day were speaking whatever they wanted from their imaginations and rubber-stamping it as God’s word for the people. God was disgusted.
God told Jeremiah that since he had God’s word, he had to proclaim it faithfully. We need to do that today too. Many teachers and preachers speak out of their own ideas, imaginations but not from the Word. God has entrusted his word to you. Don’t change it, don’t twist it, don’t dilute it. Just speak it as it is.
God gives the conclusion about these false prophets in verse 32: “They do not benefit the people in the least.” Their teaching has been useless to the listeners. No benefit. What a stabbing remark! You won’t want that for your ministry right?
The first thing is to speak the Word faithfully. And God gives the reason why. He said that the word has two properties: 1) it burns like fire, and 2) it breaks rocks like a hammer.
When the word is spoken, it has an innate power to convict the hearts of people, burning up the dross of their lives into pure tested silver. The word also has the destructive power like a hammer to break down strongholds and bondages in people’s lives. Do you believe that?
That’s the power of the Word. We who have the word of God have a responsibility to speak it faithfully. Leave the burning and hammering to God. He will do it.