“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.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Jeremiah didn’t apply for this job. He was created for this job. Like John the Baptist, Jeremiah was formed in the womb to perform a sacred task. He was to be God’s voice to the nations. Not just the nation of Judah, soon to be destroyed, but “to the nations.” Not feeling up to the task because of his youth, Jeremiah received this response from God.
“But 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. Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.” He was now informed of how his life would be. “Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me,
Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:7-10) That was the job Jeremiah was created to do. He was given a powerful position in the story of God’s redemption of Israel. And I wonder if we know the half of it.
It’s the details discovered in Jeremiah’s words that will tell us where he was sent, who the nations and kingdoms were and what God meant when He said, “To pluck up and to break down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
On a personal note: I pray that I am able to keep the attention of the few who have read the previous pages. We are now entering into the world of prophets with God’s words that require our attention if we are to discern any truth to the legend of The Coronation Stone.
To be continued.