Lead Others To The Lord   Jer.28:1-4, 7-11, 15-17 April 17, 2005

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    Recently during an evangelistic visit I reached into my pocket to get a tract.The person I wanted to share with said, “oh is this what you are looking for?” Then this person pulled out a tract a member of our church had left a week earlier.I believe this person will make a commitment to the Lord soon, and the witness of two church members earlier made it easier for me to share. This lesson confronts some of the areas we need to work on as we attempt toLead Others To The Lord.
1.    The . . Recognizing False Prophets In Order to Lead Others To the Lord.28:1-4
    Today as we witness do we have to recognize false prophets? Yes!These false prophets may even come knocking on your door.Just like Hananiah they may be very bold, and appear so sincere some could be swayed by their charisma, and say, “oh surely they are going to heaven because of their sincerity, and good presentation.”We must classify these prophets based on the proven Word of God.Jeremiah knew what God told him, and it disagreed with this false prophecy.We do not lead others to Christ from weakness.Suppose false prophets come across with an unwavering certainty.Whoever the audience may be they need to see the people of God standing for the Word of God without wavering, and Jeremiah did that.

A. Recognizing the . . Classifying of the False Prophets.v 1-3

  1 In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the
fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur from Gibeon said to me
in the temple of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people,2 “This is what
the Lord of • Hosts, the God of Israel, says: ‘I have broken the yoke of the king of
Babylon.3 Within two years I will restore to this place all the articles of the Lord’s
temple that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took from here and transported to Babylon.
B.Recognizing the . . Certainty of the False Prophets.v 4
    4 And I will restore to this place Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all
the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon’—[this is] the Lord’s declaration—‘for I will
break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’ ”
2.    The . . Reasoning with False Prophets In Order to Lead Others To the Lord. 28:7-11

    At times we must reason with false prophets by encountering them with evidence, and
if they will not accept the evidence; exclude them.We are successful witnesses when we present the truth as we are led by the Holy Spirit.We want conversions, and they will come, but success remains as the simple product of faithfulness.
A.    Reasoning through . . Encountering False Prophets.v 7-8
        7 Only listen to this message I am speaking in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8 The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, disaster, and plague against many lands and great kingdoms.

B.    Reasoning through . . Evidence with False Prophets.  v 9
        9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace—only when the word of the prophet comes true will the prophet be recognized as one whom the Lord has truly sent.”

C.    Reasoning through . . Exclusion Evidence with False Prophets.  v 10-11
        10 The prophet Hananiah then took the yoke bar from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke it. 11 In the presence of all the people Hananiah proclaimed, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In this way, within two years I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, from the neck of all the nations.’ ” Jeremiah the prophet then went on his way.

3.    The . . Revelation to False Prophets In Order to Lead Others To the Lord.  28:15-17
    Jeremiah boldly makes the pronouncement to Hananiah saying “The Lord did not send you,.”Then he pronounces that the false prophet has led the people to trust a lie.  That is bold, and at times that’s what is needed. Mike Brumley, is a Baptist Preacher, who at one time was a major league catcher. An evangelist and pastor visited his home during a revival meeting. Mike showed more interest in the World Series on Television than he did in the preachers. When leaving the evangelist said “Mike how much do you

weigh?” He told him, and the evangelist said, “every pound of you is going to hell.” That really angered Mike, but also made him think and eventually he got saved. Jeremiah made a pronouncement that confronted Hananiah, and then gave the words that prove if a person is a false prophet. If the prophecy does not come true it is not from God; we know the Biblical prophecies are true so let’s Lead Others To The Lord Amen? Amen!
A.    A Revelation with. . Pronouncement. v 15
    15 The prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord did not send you, but you have led these people to trust in a lie.

B.     A Revelation with . . Proof. v 16-17
    16 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to send you off the face of the earth. You will die this year because you have spoken rebellion against the Lord.’ ” 17 And the prophet Hananiah died that year in the seventh month.