Has God Called You?
God takes sin seriously
Sin demands judgment
God’s judgments are not contrary to His Love.
A warning of a coming judgment is a call to repentance.
God plows in order to plant and tears down in order to build.
God is sovereign over all.
A call to ministry is a sure call to spiritual battle.
Exposition of text
God called Jeremiah to be His prophet
1. The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
2. to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifth month.
4. Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
5. “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.”
6. Then I said, “Alas, Lord G OD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth.”
7. 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.
8. “Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.
9. 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.
10. “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant.”
11. The word of the LORD came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree.”
12. Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”
13. 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.”
14. Then the LORD said to me, “Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.
15. For, behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north,” declares the LORD; “and they will come and they will set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls round about and against all the cities of Judah.
16. I will pronounce My judgments on them concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have forsaken Me and have offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.
17. Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.
18. Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.
19. They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 1:1-19 NASB)
I. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet came in a troubled time. 1-3
II. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet was based on His sovereignty. 4-5
*I formed thee
*I knew thee
*I satisfied thee
*I ordained thee
III. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet was rejected by Jeremiah. 6
IV. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet required that Jeremiah be corrected. Verse 7
V. Say not I am a child
*Go where I tell you to go
*Speak what I command you to say
VI. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet came with a promise that God would be with him. 8
VII. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet came with a promise that God would put His word in his mouth. 9
VIII. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet included his commissioning. 10
IX. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet was confirmed by God. 11-16
X. Gods call to Jeremiah to be His prophet came with a challenge to action. 17-19
*Gird up your loins
*Arise & speak what I command you
*Do not be dismayed at their faces
*I have made thee
*A defensed city
*An iron pillar
*A brazen wall
*They shall fight against thee
*For I am with thee says The Lord to deliver thee
A Secondary Outline: Jeremiah 1:1-19
The C.I.T. = Central Idea of Text Purpose = To show the calling of Jeremiah
Many of the numerous attributes of God can be seen in the calling of His prophets. The calling of Jeremiah is a good example of this truth. While we study the calling of Jeremiah, we will find God actively working in his life and simultaneously demonstrating many of His attributes. Notice the truths in the call of Jeremiah.
I. The Call of Jeremiah was at a specific time. Verses 1-3
With the introduction of the prophets name and location comes the details of the time of his call as being in the thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign.
II. The Call of Jeremiah was a divine call. Verses 4-5
This call from God comes as part of His eternal plan involving Jeremiah in a widespread ministry to the nation and to anyone else God sends Him to.
III. The Call of Jeremiah was divinely equipped. Verses 6-10
Though Jeremiah thought himself to be too young and possibly unqualified, God touched his lips indicating both cleansing and enablement.
IV. The Call of Jeremiah was confirmed. Verses 11-16
Two visions were given to confirm the call and encourage a reluctant prophet while serving also to authenticate his commissioning.
V. The Call of Jeremiah was a call to action. Verses 17-19
The prophet must be fearless and stand firm, confident in God’s victorious presence despite opposition which will inevitably arise.
The call of Jeremiah summons the spokesman for God today to be mindful of the active role God plans in the ministry of His chosen messengers. God initiates the call, instructs and indwells the called.