Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.( Jeremiah 4:10 )
O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.( Jeremiah 20:7 )
Neither one of these passages are examples of God lying. They are both examples of the Prophet Jeremiah crying out in anguish of spirit because reality fell short of his unrealistic expectations. In the former passage the situation was that God had promised, repeatedly throughout the history of the Israelites and again in the ministry of Jeremiah, that:
If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.( Jeremiah 4:1 )
However, despite what may have seemed like an enthusiastic response to Jeremiah’s preaching, the people did not put away their abominations and they suffered the consequences that God warned them about. Jeremiah was bitterly disappointed, but God had not lied.
The latter passage again shows Jeremiah’s disappointment and confusion. He had anticipated that the people of his time would respond to his repeated warnings and preaching about the judgment of God by turning back to God in repentance. They didn’t, and they threw Jeremiah in jail.
God did not lie. God didn’t promise Jeremiah that his ministry would be fruitful, he told him to minister.
I have always been mindful of these passages while starting the ministry of Matty’s Paradigm. Jeremiah’s ministry took place at the very end of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, right before and up to the taking away into captivity. Jeremiah made an heroic effort to preach repentance to the people in the hope that this outcome could be avoided. They didn’t listen. They were carried off to Babylon. In large part due to this I am fully prepared to see the ministry of Matty’s Paradigm fall on dead ears. Are we not in the last days of this current world system? Is there not now a need like never before to return to the Lord? Will the people listen?
Thankfully, the passion and devotion of Jeremiah serve to strengthen my resolve to continue my ministry.