Lamentations 2:14: Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading.
If you “see” the wrong thing (i.e. come to the wrong conclusion) and act on it, the result will be nothing short of damning. In this, you can learn from Eve. She was made to “see” the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the wrong light (Genesis 3). The tree was bad for her, based on what God said, but the devil made her “see” that it was good. She thought she was seeing well, but she was actually blinded and with the decision she made because of that false vision, she fell into the pit.
In the focus verse, certain prophets were described as only being focused on pleasing the people. They were not exposing the people’s wrongdoings so that they can repent. If a ministry does not lead to repentance, bring people closer to God, teaching people the ways and the thoughts of God (Isaiah 55:8-9). If it is about what the people will want to hear, what will please them, and not necessarily what benefits them, then it is a failure. Paul said if I still pleased men I am not the servant of God (Galatians 1:10).
The prophet who give foolish and false visions are not servants of God, they are servants of their own agenda, in bondage to the people, their own bellies.
False vision could also lead to false pursuits because you are driven by the picture you see within. If the preachers paint the right pictures in the eyes of your mind, your imagination, that stirs you up to pursue the right things, things that will make you better.
Paul warned against those who preach that gain equates to godliness (1Timothy 6:5-6), he said we should run away from such people. We should be careful the words we hear. It is difficult to go above the level of the word you are hearing.
If you are surrounded by false prophets then you are not going to make headway. The words you hear create visions in you, stir up your desire in a particular direction.
Jesus called the Pharisees blind leaders of the blind (Matthew 15:14). They are not going anywhere and are not leading people anywhere also. That shows leadership is important because leadership casts vision, which determines everything else. As the bible said without vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). Also, the writer of the book of Hebrews says we should pay attention to those who teach us, who preach the word of God to us, following their example with an eye on how they themselves ended (Hebrews 13:7). We are not to follow blindly. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to deceive you as he is deceived.
At a time in Israel when the rebuilding of the temple had stalled, by prophesying the right words, Haggai stirred the people to restart the building. And that opened a time for prosperity to the people.
In the book of Judges, we read that the people of Israel served God in the days of Joshua and his contemporaries who outlived him (Judges 2:7-11). It shows that the effect of the righteous leadership of was felt even after he died. Joshua gave them the vision of serving God, saying: as for me and my household we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
If you hear the right things you are going to turn out right. We are a cumulation of the words we have heard and how we responded to them. They generate our knowledge and understanding and the latter determines how we act.
When we understand that we are servants of God, then we will do his bidding, will respond to his word. That is the gate of life. But the devil and Saul are examples of how the wrong understanding of our position in relation to God, with his word, can get us into trouble. Jesus said if we obey his commandment then we are his disciples indeed, then we are ready to take delivery of all the benefits that comes with associating with him.
The wrong thoughts leads to the wrong understanding and punishment is inevitable. When the word of God is not done we are setting up ourselves for judgement. That is why the primary work of the devil in the life of the unbeliever is to twist their understanding, blind their hearts (2Corinthians 4:4), get them not to hear about Jesus or to refuse to believe when they hear, or not sense the urgency of the moment, the need to immediately run from the wrath of God because the time before the final judgement is short.
The writer of the book of Hebrews says that: today if you hear his voice do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15). And: how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3)? If you are not aware that we should run away from the wrath to come, we are in the throes of false and foolish vision. It is false because it does not line up with truth, and it is foolish because that understanding will not lead us anywhere.
A man prayed: open my eyes that I may behold wondrous thing out of your law (Psalm 119:18). We need to ability to clearly understanding the word of God so that we can live aright.
That is where meditating comes in (Joshua 1:8), where listening to teachers of the word comes in. Paul declared himself teacher of the Gentile in truth (2Timothy 1:11) and took the time to pen the truth of the mind of God for the churches of the gentiles.
He needed to do this to create the right vision and understanding in the people. He said he wants them to be shaped aright, to have the purity of devotion to Christ (2Corinthians 11:1-4). He said that if they believe another gospel different from what he proclaimed to them, then they are fallen from grace (Galatians 1:6-7, 5:3-4).
If they fall into the hands of false teachers who will fill them with wrong thoughts, then they are in real big trouble. The book of Psalms says: The Lord gave the word, great is the multitudes of those who proclaim it (Psalm 68:11). We do not proclaim our own words, it is the word of God, with Peter writing that those who speak should speak as the oracle of God (1Peter 4:10-11) then they will give people true and effective visions.
- The man with the paralyzed hand. (betsybeadhead.com)
- [BIBLE CHALLENGE] John 8: “Sin no more” (esther-mag.com)
- The Pharisees and The One Who Knows My Heart (catholicguyxl.com)
- 3-19-2015 A Commandment of Men (fellowshiproom.org)
- Jesus is shabbat (workforthecausenottheapplause.com)
- March 30 – teacher (cohdailyprayer2014.wordpress.com)