As believers (disciples) on the Lord Jesus Christ we can expect persecution and trials as a result of our identification with Him. This is especially true when it comes to our standing up for and holding forth the "Word of Truth", in a world that is both dark and depraved.

We are exhorted by Jesus own words, What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And have no fear of those who put to death the body, but are not able to put to death the soul. But have fear of him who has power to give soul and body to destruction in hell Matthew 10:27

Since the fall of man-kind where ever light has dared to shine in on darkness, that darkness has both tried to push back and even extinguish it's source. But this we are told should come as no surprise to us. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you John 15:18, Joh 17:14

I think it would behoove to carefully consider these words from the Savior's own lips and hide them in our hearts, for the time will come when we will need to draw strength from them. The fact is that as we grow in our relationship with the Lord, so will our hatred for what is not of the truth. We once we were silent we will be compelled to expose and warn the wicked of theirs evil ways.

And it was to this end that Jeremiah's unique relationship with the Lord got him expelled from society. Because of his prophesying, he was made to sit "alone." Being "full of the fury of the Lord"; so full was he of the subject (God's "indignation" against the ungodly) with which God had inspired him, he was not able to contain himself from expressing it." {selected}

Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: Jer 6:11

As a result of having received all this revelation, and the authority that came with it from the Lord, it would be necessary for Jeremiah to learn that obedience does not exempt one from hardship and suffering. Like his New Testament counter-part (the Apostle Paul) he would come to discover by personal experience,

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 2Co 12:7

It was during this time of learning, a time from which we can personally gain wisdom for our trials, that we find Jeremiah crying out to the Lord, I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation. Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? Wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail? Jeremiah 15:17,18

The pain to which Jeremiah refers to was the unending, and unrelenting, persecution to which he was exposed. These trials it seems, were intensified in the sense that he felt that he had been abandoned, separated from the comfort and consolation of God, only to be left to suffer on his own. In short, God had not assisted him according as He had promised back in Chapter One, verses eighteen and nineteen.

For see, this day have I made you a walled town, and an iron pillar, and walls of brass, against all the land, against the kings of Judah, against its captains, against its priests, and against the people of the land. They will be fighting against you, but they will not overcome you: for I am with you, says the Lord, to give you salvation

What a roller coaster of emotions the Prophet had been exposed to. Especially when we understand what had been his experience just two verses previously (verse 16), where he confesses, But to me your word is a joy, making my heart glad; for I am named by your name, O Lord God of armies (BBE) .

Have you ever been there? Have your emotions ever got the best of you? We know the truth, yet our walk is being hindered by what we imagine and by what our flesh is dictating to us at the moment of crisis? When that happens we find ourselves like the Prophet crying out to God, Wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?

What does that mean? And what was God's response to Jeremiah. We'll discuss these two things in our next time together.

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