“So do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble.” – Jeremiah 11:14
God had enough. He tells Jeremiah to stop praying for the people of Judah because He was no longer going to listen to Jeremiah’s cry for mercy. The Bible tells us God is loving and patient. It also tells us He is Righteous and Just and keeps His promises.
In this chapter, God reminds the people of the covenant that He made with their forefathers. We not only see this in Exodus chapter ten, but many places throughout the Bible. They were to be obedient to His Word yet throughout their history, they turned away from Him over and over. Now, at this point, God tells Jeremiah not to pray for them anymore.
In Matthew twelve, Jesus talks about the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person and not an essence. He can speak (Hebrews 3:7) and He can be grieved. There are those who believe the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit means to speak something evil against Him. If you look at the context, Jesus is speaking to those around Him who were Pharisees and religious leaders. And, they were saying He was doing the works of the devil, but they knew that He was not. They had His testimony, His Words and His works right before them and yet they continued to deny Him as Lord and Savior. They continued to deny Him as the Messiah even though all the evidence was right in front of them. That is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul in Hebrews three is encouraging the church to stay obedient to Jesus and His testimony until the end. In this chapter Paul uses the nation of Israel in their days in the wilderness as an example. They were always turning away from God. In verse ten, he quotes Psalm ninety-five and says, “…they always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.” As a result of their constant disobedience, they were told they could not enter God’s rest. Paul ends Hebrews three with this, “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not just one negative word spoken against Him. It is the constant denial of Him even though the evidence is there. The Bible tells us that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to testify of Jesus (John 15:26). Therefore, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is done by anyone who continues to deny the testimony that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised on the third day and that He is Lord and Savior.
You may have His testimony in front of you. Someone may have shared what Jesus has done for you and deep inside you know it is the truth. You may have even sensed a “tugging” on your heart to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. That is the Holy Spirit telling you Jesus is real and He did all of the things the Bible said He did, for you and for me. Will you accept Him today or will you be one who “could not enter in because of unbelief?”