Imprecatory Prayer
Bible Example #2 - Jeremiah 18
The establishment felt threatened by Jeremiah's message.

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Jeremiah 18:18-23 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.

 

 

 


(19) Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.

(20) Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, [and] to turn away thy wrath from them.

 

(18 ) Then the powers-that-be said, let's figure out what to do with Jeremiah. He's telling the people that the courts are corrupt. That the politicians are fools, and that the clergy are state licensed Baal-priests. Call your friends in the media, have them do a number on him. Then we will set him up and bring false charges, child abuse, wife swapping, illegal fire arms, something, anything. Yeah! Let's have the A.T.F. raid his home, kill his wife and burn it to the ground. We will keep everyone back two miles so no one will hear his side of the story. "Come," they said, Let us continue a plot against Jeremiah ... let us destroy him by his own tongue. let us carefully note his every word."  (NAB)
(19) Jeremiah takes his situation to the Lord.
(20) Jeremiah resorts to imprecatory prayer saying, "God, are you going to let them get away with it? Remember that I am in this jam because I spoke your word. I did this in hope that they would repent, and that your wrath would be turned away from this republic."

 

(21) Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their [blood] by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and [be] widows; and let their men be put to death; [let] their young men [be] slain by the sword in battle.
(22) Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
(21) Therefore Lord, punish the incorrigibly wicked just as described in Deuteronomy 28. Do it in a way that all will see, that others will repent.
(23) Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay [me]: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal [thus] with them in the time of thine anger

(23) But you, Yahweh, know all about their murderous plot against me. Do not forgive their guilt, do not efface their sin from your sight. Let them be hurled down before you, deal with them while you are angry! (NJB)

Deuteronomy 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

The rulers of Jeremiah's time were like those of Jesus day.

John 11:46-48 - then

Comments - if now

(46) But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Spies and infiltrators told the 'they' about Mr. Modern Dayperson, his meetings, literature and radio programs.
(47) Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. They said, "What are we going to do with him? The public likes him! He is building a power base!
(48) If we let him thus alone, all [men] will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. If we don't do something quick, he might run for office, get elected, and we will lose out. We can't afford to have any of these 'right wingers' in office!

    Today the they are still at war with the Kingdom of God. They fear the conservative Christians, not because they preach sermons, but because a true understanding of the Gospel of the Kingdom will cost the present liberal leadership their jobs and political power.

    How do the righteous deal with the wicked when the wicked run the government? The answer, imprecatory prayer. Because Jesus is king of kings, Jesus is now 'Caesar'. We appeal to Caesar.

See the article about Florus and Agrippa's advice. Why wicked rulers love
vigilantes and trouble-makers.
'Florus' represents a wicked Earthly government leaders that are near, (Local and State) While 'Caesar' represents the government far away (Federal) but having power to take action when appealed to. And you can appeal to your personal 'Caesar' in heaven for protection and justice via imprecatory prayer.

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