Jeremiah is called to to be a prophet. He has a vision of a blossoming almond branch, and a boiling pot. He is to oppose his nation.
VERSE 1. The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
one of the priests. Jeremiah was one of the priests.
Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. This was a village about three miles northeast of Jerusalem.
VERSE 2. The LORD’s word came to him in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
Josiah … thirteenth year. That is, 627 B.C.
VERSE 3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
the eleventh year of Zedekiah. That is, 586 B.C.
VERSE 4. Now the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 5. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before we were created, the LORD God knew us. What does that mean? We were a plan in the mind of the LORD God? We had an existence prior to our earthly life?
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I don’t know how to speak. Most people are afraid to speak about the LORD God. They rationalize their fears. They make excuses.
But God does not want excuses. He wants us to boldly speak his message.
I am a child. That is, “I am too young.” He was less than 30 years old.
VERSE 7. But the LORD said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am a child;’ for you must go to whomever I send you, and you must say whatever I command you.
I am with you. The LORD God will accompany Jeremiah.
VERSE 9. Then the LORD stretched out his hand, and touched my mouth. Then the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
I have put my words in your mouth. The LORD God fills Jeremiah with Good News. It is news to be spoken. He is to tell it to people.
VERSE 10. Behold, I have today set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
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VERSE 11. Moreover the LORD’s word came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
VERSE 12. Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well; for I watch over my word to perform it.”
VERSE 13. The LORD’s word came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?” I said, “I see a boiling cauldron; and it is tipping away from the north.”
a boiling cauldron. This was probably nonesense to Jeremiah. But he did as God called. He proclaimed the message, even though he did not understand it. Then later, God explained the meaning.
Sometimes God calls us to do something. We might not understand it. Then after we do it, he provides the meaning.
VERSE 14. Then the LORD said to me, “Out of the north, evil will break out on all the inhabitants of the land.
VERSE 15. For, behold, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the LORD. “They will come, and they will each set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Judah.
VERSE 16. I will utter my judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, in that they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.
VERSE 17. “You therefore put your belt on your waist, arise, and say to them all that I command you. Don’t be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them.
put your belt on your waist. That is, “gird your loins.”
Don’t be dismayed at them. Jeremiah was to not be intimidated. He was a messenger of the Most High God, and he needed to overcome any feelings of fear.
VERSE 18. For, behold, I have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land.
VERSE 19. They will fight against you, but they will not prevail against you; for I am with you”, says the LORD, “to rescue you.”
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