I. Jeremiah sees an almond, which is shaped like a person’s eye, and God says He is watching. INTRODUCTORY WORDS The ten tribes of Israel had passed into captivity before God called Jeremiah. Jeremiah 1:4-5. They will fight you, but they will not win. He responds that he sees something rather ordinary: an almond tree. His excuses are often our excuses for not heeding God's voice when he calls. Verse 1. 1. Some of you may be wondering how we can do this on the date of one of the greatest tradgedies upon American… 13 Then the word of the Eternal came to me a second time. Ezekiel 3:16 From this know that I am watching over My word until it is accomplished. 1:5), not a priest like his father and his grandfather. Before you drew your first breath, I had already chosen you        to be My prophet to speak My word to the nations. The word of the Eternal came to him in a series of messages that started coming to the prophet in the 13th year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. The word of the Eternal came to him in a series of messages that started coming to the prophet in the 13th year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. Sin and iniquity were raging. My own people have abandoned Me, burning incense to other gods and bowing down to handmade idols. “Their kings will come and set up their thrones    in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;they will come against all her surrounding walls    and against all the towns of Judah. Jeremiah, the Wailing Prophet Jeremiah 1:1-10. 12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[b](X) to see that my word is fulfilled.”, 13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”(Y), “I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”. 29:27 in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of # 1 Kin. Jeremiah had already sought to intercede for his people (see on Jeremiah 7:16). 8 Do not be afraid(N) of them, for I am with you(O) and will rescue(P) you,” declares the Lord. Eternal One: 12 That’s right. There is a play on words here between the Hebrew words for “almond” and “watching,” which sound alike in that language. And then your word—My word—will rebuild and plant anew. 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were # Josh. The prophet Jeremiah sees it all differently. 5 So they said to Jeremiah, # Gen. 31:50; Judg. 7 Eternal One: Don’t use your youth as an excuse;        you can and will go wherever I send you. 1:3; 36:1; [2 Kgs. The prophet sees an ordinary event but receives an extraordinary message. 16 I will declare My sentence for their wicked crimes. Words are the tools of a prophet. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome(AK) you, for I am with you(AL) and will rescue(AM) you,” declares the Lord. Your word—My word—will have the power to uproot and stamp out;        it will destroy and upend. 24:1] The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), 2 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: 3 “For twenty-three years, # ch. 25:3 in the thirteenth year of his reign. Remember, I am with you. I’m too young and inexperienced to speak for You. Jeremiah 1 New International Version (NIV) 1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. You can and will say whatever I tell you to say.8     You have no reason to fear the people you speak to,        for I am with you and will defend you. THE PART OF JEREMIAH IDENTIFIED WITH THE SCROLL [1] JER. They will fight you, but they will not win. This playful and clever use of words gets Jeremiah’s attention; it stirs his prophetic imagination so that he will similarly use poetry, wordplay, and object lessons to get the attention of his listeners. 13:2; 2 Kin. 3 These disturbing and awesome messages continued throughout the reign of Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, king of Judah, until Jerusalem was captured in the 5th month of the 11th year of Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons, who was also king of Judah. Jeremiah 1, The Biblical Illustrator, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary contains over 34,000 pages in its original 56 volume printing, the largest of its kind StudyLıght .org . 1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one a of the priests who were in b Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the L ord came in the days of c Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in d the thirteenth year of his reign. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society 24:7; Deut. (S) 10 See, today I appoint you over nations(T) and kingdoms to uproot(U) and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”(V), 11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”(W). You will know what to say now, for you will be My voice.10     This very day I appointed you to speak with My authority over nations and kingdoms. 6 Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will # Ex. Eternal One: 14 That is because an evil out of the north will indeed begin spilling onto the people of this land. I’m too young and inexperienced to speak for You. 17 “Get yourself ready! The people are represented as praying or sacrificing in the fore courts of the temple. So I went down to the potter’s shop and found him making something on his wheel. Just as the almond tree is usually the first sign of spring, soon the first signs of God’s approaching judgment will appear. A voice, i.e. And say thou to them: Thus hath Jahve, the God of Israel, said: Cursed is the man that heareth not the words of this covenant, Jeremiah 11:4. Nations and empires will now hear Jeremiah’s voice as God’s in these days of painful change. The word of God comes asking the prophet what he sees. Remember, I am with you. Jeremiah: I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north, ready to spill out toward the south. Then the word of the Lord came unto me — With a satisfying assurance to himself, that it was the word of the Lord, and not a delusion. Eternal One: Look, I have placed My words in you. Jeremiah 23 The Voice ... Jeremiah’s prophecy of this coming king inspires many to look and long for God’s Anointed One, His Messiah, from among the sons of David. 16 I will declare My sentence for their wicked crimes. Send them away from Me, Jeremiah; make them go! The Voice. 19 Eventually, they will all give you trouble, but you will be safe. either the voice of the prophets, that is still sounding it in your ears, and declaring it unto you; or rather, the rumour and noise of this army is already come through your land; you have the heavy tidings of this great affliction, Jeremiah 8:16, to note the near approach of it. 10:30; Jer. Before you drew your first breath, I had already chosen you to be My prophet to speak My word to the nations. 1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2:14; 3:5 “Let the Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the Lord your God sends us by you. You can hear Voice newscasts daily at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Dixie 105.7, 102.5 The Shark, 96.7 The Coast, 98.1 The Score. Jeremiah was called to be "a prophet to the nations" (Jer. Jeremiah 15 The Voice (VOICE) 15 Eternal One (to Jeremiah) : Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me to defend this rebellious nation, I would not turn back to this people right now. Eternal One: Look, I have placed My words in you. 2 I hear them making oaths in My name.. “As the Eternal lives,” they say. 6:60; Is. The Voice Bible, Hardcover: Step Into the Story of Scripture, The Voice Bible, Personal Size, Paperback: Step Into the Story of Scripture, The Voice, The Voice of Mark, Paperback: Let Them Listen, The Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All Things. (Q), 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched(R) my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. Do not be terrified(AI) by them, or I will terrify you before them. Both speak of coming judgment and remind the young prophet of his difficult assignment. Before you drew your first breath, I had already chosen you        to be My prophet to speak My word to the nations. Jeremiah 1dropdownThe Voicedropdown. 21:18; 1 Kin. 4 And now the fateful day when the Eternal One first spoke to me: 5 Eternal One: Before I even formed you in your mother’s womb,        I knew all about you. 4 And now the fateful day when the Eternal One first spoke to me: 5 Eternal One: Before I even formed you in your mother’s womb,        I knew all about you. You will know what to say now, for you will be My voice. The Excuse: The Task is Demanding. 11:10; Jer. “Their kings will come and set up their thrones. He responds that he sees something rather ordinary: an almond tree. Before you drew your first breath, I had already chosen you. Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. From this know that I am watching over My word until it is accomplished. 18 Today I have made you(AJ) a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Jeremiah 11:3. The word of the Eternal came to him in a series of messages that started coming to the prophet in the 13th year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. Jeremiah 1 The Voice (VOICE) 1 1-2 This is an account of the words and deeds of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who lived in the village of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. To build and to plant.”. Jeremiah 15:1 Wrestling was Jeremiah's primary focus growing up. Don’t break down in front of them, or I will break you Myself. Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him. 15 Watch now, as I summon the clans and kingdoms of the north to march against Judah, rule with power at the very gates of Jerusalem, press in on every side, and vanquish all the cities of Judah. 24:24 obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we send you, # Deut. It consists of a chronological superscription ( Jeremiah 1:1-3 ), assigning the temporal limits of the prophet’s activity; and secondly, of an inaugural discourse, which sets before us his first call, and the general scope of the mission which he was chosen to fulfil. God uses this ordinary sight to give him an extraordinary message. See if you can find anything good happening anywhere. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society Your word—My word—will have the power to uproot and stamp out;        it will destroy and upend. 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