-In the same forth year of Zedekiah, Hananiah of Gibeon spoke falsely in the House of the LORD concerning the breaking of the yoke of King Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon with a returning of all the vessels, which were taken from the Temple (Jeremiah 28:1-3). Hananiah also proclaimed that he was speaking the word of the LORD in a return of Jeconiah and all the exiles. Jeremiah wanted to affirm and agree with his words, but he made a speech about how a true prophet is confirmed as his predictions come to pass. Upon hearing this, Hananiah bolstered his position by taking the yoke off of Jeremiah that the LORD had commanded him to carry (Jeremiah 27:2) and broke it (Jeremiah 28:4-11). However, sometime later after Jeremiah had gone his way the actual Word of the LORD came to him saying to Hananiah, “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made instead of them yokes of iron. I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they will serve him. And I have also given him the beasts of the field (Jeremiah 28:12-14).” Jeremiah then boldly called out the false prophet Hananiah and accused him of making the people trust in a lie. His crime was clear, which was counseling rebellion against the LORD. For this the LORD would remove him from the face of the earth, which actually happened two months later (Jeremiah 28:15-17). *Application* To distinguish from the true prophet and the false takes discernment and observation to see if what they are saying is actually accurate as things play out. If a person is truly speaking the Word of the LORD, what they say will come to pass since God does not let one word of His real prophets fall to the ground (Deuteronomy 18:20, 1 Samuel 3:19).
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 28:14