(19 verses, 3:10 to read)
What I am about to READ:
The Lord called Jeremiah, gave him his life’s work, and made him a fearless prophet.
MARK & LEARN
1-3: Jeremiah was a priest by birth. He began his ministry in 627 BC, the 13th year of the reign of King Josiah, Judah’s last godly king. Even though Josiah was a godly king, by this time the people of Judah for the most part had hardened themselves against the Lord and the Lord was going to punish the nation. Jeremiah would witness that punishment and would serve as God’s prophet to the remnant who still believed.
4-5: Yahweh chose Jeremiah to be His prophet before Jeremiah was conceived.
6-9: Yahweh prepared Jeremiah to be His prophet. First He silenced Jeremiah’s protests. Jeremiah could be confident, for God was sending him and God would give him words to speak. God would also be with Jeremiah and rescue him from harm. Finally, the Lord touched Jeremiah’s mouth, and at the same time, He put words in Jeremiah’s mouth.
10: Jeremiah’s work was to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow. He would accomplish that by prophesying God’s judgment on Judah and other nations of the world. He would also build and plant. Watch for the many beautiful prophecies of the last days of God’s grace on Israel and on the nations of the world.
11-12: The Almond Branch. The buds on the almond tree meant that spring was coming soon. Jeremiah would tell Israel that God’s judgment on the nation was also coming soon.
13-16: The Boiling Pot from the North. The boiling pot that was tipped so that its contents would pour out toward the south symbolized the fact that enemies would come from the north and destroy Jerusalem. Though Babylon and Assyria were actually located east of Judah, they always invaded from the north.
17-19: God warns Jeremiah not to become afraid or God would terrify him before his enemies. He also promises to fortify Jeremiah. He would protect him and give him a bold and fearless spirit as he faces his opponents.
- How does Jeremiah respond to the word of the Lord?
- What should be our response to the word of the Lord?
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.