by James Merritt

One Year to Live
James Merritt
Jeremiah 28:10-17


1. Years ago on the front page of the human interest section of a Los Angeles newspaper was the picture of a lady named Mrs. Agnes Human. The picture was framed with a heavy black border and over her picture in large black ominous letters were the words, ''One Year To Live.''

2. Underneath was the explanation: ''Mrs. Agnes Human, 30, of Chicago, has only one year to live. Doomed as a result of atomic poisoning contracted in work at the Oakridge, Tennessee Nuclear Plant, she is pondering the fate of her four children and seeks aid in finding a home for them after her death.'' Can you imagine knowing ahead of time that you only had one year to live? How would you respond if you knew that your life was to end relatively shortly? I heard about a doctor that called a patient one morning and he said, ''I've got some good news and some bad news.'' The patient said, ''What is the good news?'' The doctor said, ''You have twenty-four hours to live.'' He said, ''What's the bad news?'' The doctor said, ''I tried to call you yesterday.''

3. How would you respond if you knew ahead of time that you only had one year to live? There is a man in the Bible who was told he only had a short time to live and he was told that by a prophet of God. This unfortunate man was a false prophet by the name of Hananiah. We read his story in Jeremiah 28.
''Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke it.
Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, even so will I break within two full years the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations.' Then the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, go and speak to Hananiah, saying, thus says the LORD, 'You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have ...

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