Jeremiah 1: Created and called with a purpose

It’s been on my heart lately to read through the book of Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet who proclaimed God’s message to a people who rejected God. I wanted to share my thoughts on chapter one that I have when reading it days ago. The key passage that strikes me was verse 1 through 8.

1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

4Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,

5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

And before you were born I consecrated you;

I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6Then I said, “Alas, Lord God!

Behold, I do not know how to speak,

Because I am a youth.”

7But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’

Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,

And all that I command you, you shall speak.

8Do not be afraid of them,

For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.

(NASB)

We see that Jeremiah is known to god before he was born. God had a plan for Jeremiah prior to his birth. And if you know Jesus, this verse applies to you as well. In this verse we see the sovereignty of God. His plan had a role that Jeremiah got to be a part of and this was set prior to his birth.

So, while many point to verse five as evidence of life beginning at conception, rightfully so, I gathered from this reading a sovereign plan by a sovereign God. This is encouragement for us as Christians. If God knows you, he has a plan for you. The Bible confirms this notion elsewhere such as the back half of Romans 8.

And if you are unsure of that plan for your life, then you must pray and meditate so that you figure out God’s plan for your life.

 


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