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Message to Shemaiah May 26, 2017

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Here are my thoughts on Jeremiah 29:24-32.

Summary: In this passage, God addresses Shemaiah the Nehelamite, who has written a scathing letter to the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah concerning Jeremiah. In particular, Shemaiah denounces Jeremiah as a false prophet in light of his letter to the exiles in Babylon, where he had exhorted them to adjust to life in Babylon. He orders Zephaniah to punish Jeremiah for that act of blasphemy.

Yet Zephaniah informs Jeremiah of Shemaiah’s attacks on his character. God then informs Jeremiah that He has cursed Shemaiah and his descendants.

Thoughts: Here, we see that God punishes Shemaiah the Nehelamite as a false prophet. Now I am curious as to how – and when – God punished Shemaiah. Did Nebuchadnezzar throw him – and his family – into a fiery furnace? Before his death, did Shemaiah grasp the magnitude of his sin and repent of it? Also, what was Shemaiah’s status among the exiles in Babylon? Was he a member of the administration of Jehoiachin? Was he a skilled worker or an artisan? In addition, did God reward Zephaniah for revealing the contents of Shemaiah’s letter to Jeremiah? Did Zephaniah take a great risk by supporting Jeremiah at that time?