Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 19, 2018

“You shall not live, for you have spoken falsely in the name of the LORD”

Today’s devotion comes from Zechariah chapter 13.

““In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.

2 “It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered;  and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.  3 And if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you have spoken falsely in the name of the LORD’;  and his father and mother who gave birth to him will pierce him through when he prophesies.  4 Also it will come about in that day that the prophets will each be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies, and they will not put on a hairy robe in order to deceive;  5 but he will say, ‘I am not a prophet;  I am a tiller of the ground, for a man sold me as a slave in my youth.’  6 And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’  Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

7 “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd,
And against the man, My Associate,”
Declares the LORD of hosts.
“Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered;
And I will turn My hand against the little ones.
8 “It will come about in all the land,”
Declares the LORD,
“That two parts in it will be cut off and perish;
But the third will be left in it.
9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”  Zechariah chapter 13.

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Today’s Scripture convicted me of a prophecy I said this weekend.  It was not “Thus, says the LORD” …  It was also not formal and solemn. But, those facts did not excuse me;  it was a prediction of the future with inference that I had special godly insight.

It was more of a wish, but I did not present it as only a wish.

It was a prediction of something good, but was a prediction of something good any excuse to the false prophets of the Old Testament?!

I only made the prophecy to a Pastor, but could not that prophecy affect even a Pastor’s future decision and cause harm?!

There is danger when we leaders of the church, shepherds, make such prophecies to anyone, but especially to our naive flock of sheep who trust us their shepherds, which prophecy turn out to be false.

We often excuse such prophecies as applications of Scriptures, but did applications of Scripture to make a prediction excuse any of the false prophets of the Old Testament?!

The LORD of hosts judges and punishes false prophecies as we learn from today’s Scripture.

“It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered;  and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.  And if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you have spoken falsely in the name of the LORD’;  and his father and mother who gave birth to him will pierce him through when he prophesies.”  Verses 2-3.

But, there is hope!

We can confess and repent.  We should confess and repent to the LORD.  But, we also should confess and repent to the one(s) whom we prophesied.  We should also do what we can to make sure that person does not rely on our prophecy and also pray that the LORD protect that person(s) from the prophecy from influencing him in any way.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”  1 John 1:9-10.

And, the LORD is the One Who can and does purify us.

“And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”  Verse 9.


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