- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 1
The book of Jeremiah is one of major prophets in the Old Testament. Prophet Jeremiah came from the family of priest, prophesying first in the thirteenth year of King Josiah (639-609 BC) until King Zedekiah and fall of Jerusalem by Babylonia (598BC). During this period five kings reigned Judah., Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.
Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry took place during the years when Judah suffered the political collapse by nearby countries, Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia. He is known as weeping prophet from his melancholic pattern of life and suffering of his own people.
The book of Jeremiah provides us with history of Jewish diaspora in Babylonia that resulted eventually in forming their life and religion in the foreign land. Through his prophecy we can know the heart of God toward his people.
Chapter 1 gives background of his prophetic ministry, God’s calling, signs of prophetic message, and God’s promise.
God set aside Jeremiah from the beginning of his life to speak for God, prophecy. And God called him when that time came. Jeremiah was afraid of being called to be prophet for God, but God assured him with God’s presence and strength.
Two signs of the branch of an almond tree and boiling pot tilting away from the north indicates what God would bring forth to Jerusalem and Judah. They were signs of destruction and disaster because of the wickedness and idolatry of the people in Judah. It was God’s judgement.
God strengthen Jeremiah to speak for God. God’s call to prophecy of destruction is terrifying thins to Jeremiah. It is God’s commandment. “Do not terrified by them, or I will terry you before them.” (v17). This draws overall picture of the book of Jeremiah and his future ministry of prophecy, a weeping prophet who will see many terrifying things around him.
As God called him to speak for God, God strengthened him with promise, “They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you.” (1:19)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?