Jeremiah 26:7-9 says, "the priest, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the Lord. But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets, and all the people seized him and said, 'You must die, why do you prophesy in the Lord's name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?' And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord"
Jeremiah did what God told him to do (not what man told him to do). He went to the courtyard and told all the people of Judah that came to worship that if they didn't turn from their wicked ways, their city would be cursed. Hard words to hear if you were among the wicked, huh? Jeremiah was a prophet and mighty man of God. He was given strict orders to deliver this message verbatim or else! This was certainly not the first time that Jeremiah had delivered this message but it would be the last if the people didn't listen. The people of Judah made it their custom to go to the court yard to go to the courtyard BUT they didn't want to hear the truth. Isn't this just like man today? We want to come to church and worship BUT often forbid our pastors to speak truth. I thank God for pastors that speak truth from the pulpit each day and lift them up in prayer that they will continue to do so!