God Spoke to Jeremiah Through Ordinary Experiences

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Sovereignty

In this passage two signs were given the prophet as sort of an outline of his prophetic ministry: (1) The first was a vision which caused Jeremiah to see the branch of an almond tree (v. 11). This branch represented God who was watching to see that His word is fulfilled (v. 12). (2) The second vision caused Jeremiah to see a boiling pot (v. 13). This represented disaster that was to be poured out on those who lived in Judah (vv. 14-16). In summary, he could anchor his life to God’s sovereign appointment, the fulfillment of His sovereign grace and the assurance of his sovereign protection. Several crucial truths about service to God emerge from Jeremiah’s commission:

  1. Jeremiah’s message was only to consist of what God had commanded.
  2. Of that which God had commanded, all was to be told.
  3. Jeremiah was not to be dismayed by the responses of people, nor was he to be discouraged over the pain of being reduced to confusion before those to whom he was sent (v. 17).
  4. Jeremiah’s confidence was based upon God’s promise to make the prophet invincible (v. 18).
  5. The prophet was promised opposition, but also victory by the hand of God (v. 19).

Application

God’s promise to Jeremiah and me is that He will help me through the most agonizing problems.

Jeremiah 1:11-19 (English Standard Version)

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see an almond branch." Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it." The word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north." Then the LORD said to me, "Out of the north disaster shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land. For behold, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the LORD, and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah. And I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil in forsaking me. They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands. But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the LORD, to deliver you."

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