Vs. 19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The Great Commission! Remember before Jesus would quote this verse, He was resurrected and proved to us all that He conquered death & sin! While it was probably one the hardest three days the followers had experienced up to this time in their life…Jesus reminded them and all of us not to be afraid (vs. 5). When Jesus is on our side, we will not lose the war we fight in this life…the resurrection proved Jesus’ triumphant promises!
Regarding application…Doubting. Vs. 17, “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.“ While some scholars suggest others were with the eleven during the Great Commission…I think it’s very telling to see the reality of our faith. We are not condemned to hell because we doubt at times in our lives…it’s part of our maturation process as Christians. Yet, Jesus shows His patience with us as we exercise our desire to believe even though we do not see. Question: Which one are you if you were on that mountain with Jesus? Are you doubting or are you believing? What area in life can you improve on when it comes to trusting the Lord?
Vs. 16, “Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.” Yikes! God doesn’t mess around when it comes to false prophecy! While Jeremiah was wearing the yoke around his neck and proclaiming doom, there was another so-called prophet Hananiah who was prophecying a false message. So false that it gave a message of hope and God returning His people sooner than originally prophecied by Jeremiah. And the others in Judah soaked it up because: who really wants to hear bad news? Everyone wants to hear good news and Hananiah was there to give it. Much like the “Health & Wealth” Gospels of today. Hananiah’s message of peace would end up being a message of destruction to himself.
Regarding application…Knowing the Truth. Vs. 9, “But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.” The more we know the truth in God’s word, the more we will be able to tell when a false prophet/teacher are preaching. So many of have come and gone when it came to sharing the Bible or prophecies and they have proven to be false. But Jeus would warn us that there will be many more in the future (Matthew 24). God’s school of knowledge never has a summer break. Everyday we must read and study His word so we can hear the voice of God! This passage today serves as a very important reminder that we should never distort the word of God in our lives. Know the truth and the truth will set you free!