Jeremiah the Prophet
Jeremiah the Prophet
Jeremiah the prophet was a valiant and godly man. He prophesied during the brilliant reign of king Josiah and all through the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. He witnessed the last true worship to Jehovah, as well as the lowest point in Judah’s history. There are several noteworthy areas in Jeremiah’s life to consider.
First, his initial response to God’s call was one of resistance. Jeremiah said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth” (Jeremiah 1.6). However, God would have none of that and responded, “Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you” (1.7-8). Age is not in a factor when it comes to serving the Lord God. Young, middle-aged, and old alike all have things to contribute to the God’s work. Often it is simply a matter of thinking outside the box and getting busy at doing the Lord’s work.
Second, though Jeremiah did obey God and begin his prophetic ministry; yet eventually he reached a dismal low point. He felt so rejected and miserable that he decided he would speak no more to the people regarding Jehovah; yet, thankfully this did not last. Following his unwise decision, he wrote, “But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not” (20.9). The Word of God should burn in every Christian’s stomach. It should ache and cry out to be spoken and revealed to others. Keeping the Lord’s words bound up inside ourselves should hurt but then feel sweet and powerful once we release it to others.
Finally, though Jeremiah’s prophetic life was wrought with misery, rejection, and imprisonment, he was allowed to prophecy concerning a wonderful time to come. Though he likely did not understand the full implications of what he prophesied, still he was permitted to speak concerning the time of the new covenant (31:31-34)! This prophecy was one of clearest teachings that pointed to the age of Christianity, a time when any person on earth could choose to enjoy unprecedented fellowship with Jehovah. That new covenant began on the Day of Pentecost and has continued since (Acts 2). A person learns about their lost condition and the resulting eternal punishment in Hell, but then decides to accept God’s gift of eternal life. That person then hands their heart, soul, body and mind over to Jesus and acknowledges the fact that He and He alone did and can do all the work that enables ANY person to be saved.
A person can learn a great deal from this faithful servant of God. A person simply needs to take the time and carefully consider them all.