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The Call of Jeremiah Part II

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Part 2 of Jeremiah's Calling

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Jeremiah’s Mission

Jeremiah 1:10 ESV
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
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show slide of nations under Jeremiah’s judgment.
Jeremiah was so full of God’s authority that entire kingdoms would be destroyed just by the sound of his voice. We have been given mighty authority in Christ to tear down the devil’s kingdom.
Break Down (Heb. Netos) To cause to fall or collapse, to demolish.
Jeremiah was so full of God’s authority that entire kingdoms would be destroyed just by the sound of his voice. We have been given mighty authority in Christ to tear down the devil’s kingdom.
Luke 10:19 ESV
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
The idea of destroying, overthrowing, building and planting has to do with God removing the old and rebuilding anew. The old system in Judah became corrupt and had to be rebuilt. God desires to do the same in our lives…remove the old way living. Living only for ourselves and leading a life without God. God wants to rebuild our lives and restore our souls. He wants to uproot past hurts, abuses, habits, anger, bitterness, pride, unforgiveness, and rebuild our lives in Him. Instead of being filled with anger and pain, He wants us to be filled with His Holy Spirit.
Overthrow (Heb. haros) to cause the downfall of a ruler, governments, or other authorities.

Vision of the Almond Branch

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This has to do with rise and fall kingdoms and rulers.
Jeremiah 1:11–12 ESV
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.”
Jeremiah 1:11
Jeremiah 1:11 ESV
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.”
Show slides of symbolism and Greek philosophy
Jeremiah 1:11
Build (Heb. banah, baw-naw) to make something by combining material and parts.

Show slides of symbolism

Explain symbolism in the ancient world. Since the popularization of philosophy in ancient Greece we don’t deal with symbols as much anymore. Its all about science and psychology and theories.
Since the popularization of philosophy in ancient Greece we don’t deal with symbols as much anymore. Its all about science and psychology and theories.
What does the word of God have to do with the almond tree?
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The almond tree was the first of all the trees to produce fruit after winter. Therefore it was quick to awaken from the long winter. It flowered in January and bore fruit by March. It symbolized God’s quick execution of His purpose.
Watching (Heb. shaqad) hasten, be on the look out.
This explains why some translations differ. The NKJV reads, “ready to perform my word.” They are using words which they think will make better sense of the text. “Watching” however is not a wrong word to use because it is the actual word in Hebrew. So both translations are correct. Other translations read, “hasten.”
Jeremiah 1:13–14 ESV
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.
Jeremiah 1:13–14 ESV
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.
Jeremiah 1:13 ESV
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.”
Show boiling pot slide
Jeremiah 1:13-
Show boiling pot slide
The boiling of the cauldron was caused by a fanning wind which caused it to spill over. The boiling pot was spilling it’s content from the north southward towards Palestine (Israel, Judah). The liquid inside the pot symbolized disaster and it was boiling hot. Think of a volcano which erupts with hot lava and destroys everything in its path. The wind of God would fan the flame of the cauldron causing it to spill on His people and destroying them. “The land” refers to Judah.
How do we know the “land” refers to Judah?
Answer: the following verse tells us so.
Jeremiah 1:15 ESV
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.
Jeremiah 1:15-
It was natural to believe that threats from the north was Assyria because it was located directly north of Judah (show Assyrian Empire slide) but with the death of Assyria’s last great king, Ashurbanipal in 627 b.c. (Show Ashurbanipal slide)...Assyria was pretty much at its end and no longer a viable threat. The people therefore scoffed at Jeremiah’s warnings. They saw this as an impossibility and an absurdity. But God threw everyone, including Jeremiah, a curve ball.
If Assyria was not the northern threat who would it be?
If Assyria was not the
If Assyria was not the northern threat who would it be?
Babylon! But Babylon was east of Judah not north of it (Show Babylon map slide). How was this possible? The cauldron symbolized the nations that were vying for world dominance in the Euphrates…Assyria and Babylon were at war. Babylon was victorious and soon after ascended directly southward along with its allies into Judah. (Show map). This came as shock to everyone. No one saw this coming.
Lesson: God always has a way of surprising us with how he does things. We sometimes question how God is going to do something or sometimes try to figure Him out. How many times have we done this? Donald Trump’s victory came as a big shock to the nation and the world. No one saw his victory as a possibility. They thought it as an absurdity . Remember it is God who raises up kings and brings them down. Our job is to have faith and be obedient…not question God.
In summary…God was warning His people through Jeremiah about His quick and impending judgment on them.
The tribes of the north were Babylon and its allies.
Babylon was east of Judah not north. Its armies however went north up the Euphrates to avoid the forbidden Arabian desert and into Syria and would finally descend south into Judah.
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