v21-23 – “Therefore this is what the LORD says about the men of Anathoth who are seeking your life and saying, ‘do not prophesy in the name of ht LORD or you will die by our hands’ — therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the men of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.'”
** Jeremiah is troubled by the men of Anathoth who are telling him they will kill him if he keeps prophesying their destruction and criticizing their “gods”. But God knew what was going on, and told Jeremiah to do what he was told and allow God to handle any problems.
When I married my first wife, she was a Wiccan (belonged to a pagan religion that practices duotheism – belief in a god and goddess) . She would get upset with my mother for teaching Christianity to our daughter (who was around 3 years old at the time). Neither she nor I practiced our religions very much, and although I had been feeling God tug at me for several years to start going to church, I resisted. “God, you didn’t think this through. If I start going to church, my wife is going to pull more deeply into her religion. She’s going to teach it to our daughter…. You really need to spend more time planning this one out.”
Well… One night after a miserable week and a long conversation with my step-dad, God started tugging again, and I responded with the same little speech above. God interrupted me and said “You do what I tell you. I’ll take care of your wife.” On the way home the next day, I told my wife that I wanted to start going to church. She just said ‘OK’. About a month later, she completely abandoned Wicca and became a Christian.
I’m going to reiterate one more time. We lead our families whether we mean to or not. Our good decisions can lead them to Christ. Our poor decisions can lead them astray. PLEASE be careful with how you lead your family.