(First in a series of unforgettable passages in Jeremiah. It’s a huge book–52 chapters–so this series will be ongoing.)
1:4-5 The Foreknowledge of God
“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Paul said, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles….” (Galatians 1:15) He’s saying, “God set me apart when I was still in the womb.”
Other scriptures on this subject are Isaiah 49:1, Luke 1:13-17, and Romans 9:10-23. And of course the pre-eminent passage on “before you were born” is the 139th Psalm.
1:4-19 The call of God upon Jeremiah. You will enjoy comparing this call–and Jeremiah’s response!–to Moses’ in Exodus 3-4, Isaiah’s in Isaiah 6, and Paul’s, given in three different places in Acts (chapters 9, 22, and 24).
–First, God gives His plan for His spokesman