January 19, 2013

Jeremiah 1:1-10 ~ January 20th, 2013

Passage: Jeremiah 1:1-10
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The LORD introduced us to Jeremiah and said this book represents the situation of the Church and our country and Jeremiah represents the Church as it should be.
When Jeremiah was a young man, maybe in his twenties, he came to know the LORD in a personal way as is written, “The Word of The LORD came to him in the days of Josiah.” The LORD revealed Himself to Jeremiah as He does to us in this day. It was during these days that Josiah the son of Amon who had returned Israel to the worship of Idolatry and moral depravity, desecrating the temple and the holy place. Josiah had a mind to rebuild and restore the temple and in the process, the Holy Scriptures was found in the ruble as they had been discarded. When he read them he humbled himself to the LORD and brought revival and renewal to the people and the land.
During these years, there was no ministry of Jeremiah. After the passing of the reign from Josiah to his son, Jehoiakim, then to Zedekiah, the Word of the LORD came the second time calling Jeremiah to the service of the LORD.
The LORD spoke to us that this word is for us for after the LORD reveals Himself to us for salvation He calls us to ministry. The LORD said to me to say, “The Church needs to get over the notion that they are just saved to go to heaven. We’re saved to serve Him in holy living and witness of the gospel.” The life of Jeremiah is a picture of our life.
In verse 5, the LORD said to Jeremiah that He knew him before He formed him in the belly and He ordained him to be a prophet or preacher to the nations or gentiles. The LORD said to us that this is true for each one of us also. We are called with a purpose, 2 Timothy 1:8-9, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In verse 6, Jeremiah reveals our attitude to this truth. The LORD says in verse 7 not to think about yourself from your understanding but rather think about yourself according to His Word. He created and ordained us to be in the image of Christ Jesus and we will preach His Word to who He wants. In verse 9 the LORD said that He put His Word into Jeremiah.
The LORD declared He had put Himself Jesus Christ, the Word of God, into us when we received Him and were born again. He has set us, the church, over the nations or to have responsibility that they have the gospel preached to them. That is why He put His Holy Spirit in us to do what He, Jesus Christ, did.
Last, in verse 10, He says to Jeremiah and to us we are to root out, pull down, destroy and throw down then build and plant. This is speaking of our purpose; our mandate with the Word He has placed in us. This is a very important point. Let’s not miss it before the gospel is declared. We need to root out, pull down, throw down and destroy their false reality by the Law of God. Paul said, “I was alive once without the Law but when the Law came (to my knowledge) I died. I knew I was dead.” This is what Jeremiah, Jesus and the apostles said. Then they shared the gospel.

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