Do you ever ask yourself and your God, “How do we know if we are standing in the sandals of Shemaiah or of Jeremiah?”

Musings on Science and Theology

Lion - image from wikipediaI’ve been listening to the prophets lately (again), this week in Jeremiah. In chapter 29 we hear about a conflict between Jeremiah and another man Shemaiah (According to wikipedia Hebrew: שמעיה SheMa`YaH “God Heard”) the Nehelamite. Jeremiah has this to say:

‘This is what the Lord says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has persuaded you to trust in lies, this is what the Lord says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the Lord, because he has preached rebellion against me.’ (29:31-32)

There are a number of similar passages scattered throughout the prophets and other parts of the Old Testament, where prophets are in disagreement. We know from our perspective that…

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