Jeremiah was a prophet of God. Israel, the ten northern tribes, were conquered by Assyria. Jeremiah was sent to Judah and Benjamin to warn them. Judah and Benjamin were in rebellion to God’s plan. They worshipped idols and committed all sorts of wickedness.
Jeremiah continues to warn and Judah and Benjamin continue to reject God.
This week we will look at Jeremiah’s call, Judah and Benjamin’s sin, God’s mercy, and God’s judgement.
“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:4-10)
Jeremiah was called to be a prophet before he was conceived. God knew him, sanctified, and ordained him. God gave him a mission and equipped him to fulfill the mission.
There is no indication that anyone who heard God’s warning repented, but Jeremiah fulfilled God’s calling faithfully.
The church, believers in Christ, are those who God has called to warn individuals of the upcoming judgment. We are equipped with God’s word, God’s message of salvation, and the Holy Spirit to guide us. Jesus Christ, God’s son, shed His perfect, sinless blood, to redeem all mankind. However, we have a choice to accept or reject God’s redemption. Just like Judah and Benjamin.
Who will we warn today?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001