ONE MAN AND GOD ARE A MAJORITY!
The times in which the prophet Jeremiah lived and the message God gave him to preach can be compared to the times in which we are living in.
Jeremiah lived in a time of great apostasy! And are we not living in such times? We are living in a time when men are most religious and claim to know the God of the Bible, but are in truth actually worshipping ‘another Jesus’! On one hand we have the deadly error of Arminianism which has pervaded almost all recognized denominations and on the other hand we have those who claim to believe in the Sovereign God and the Sovereignty of God in salvation and yet live an antinomian life – Like the men in the days of Jeremiah God says of them that they – “come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?” [Jer 7:10]
Another thing worthy of notice is that Jeremiah was pretty much a ‘lone voice’ in the midst of a compromised people! And is this not so in OUR day! How many do we find who are zealous for the Sovereign God of the Bible and desire to see His people brought back to the worship of the true God? Hardy a handful!
And the commission which God gave the prophet Jeremiah is the same commission to US! And WHAT is that commission? This – “Then the LORD put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant!” [Jer 1:9,10]
Now meditate very carefully on this following commission. The instruction to the prophet is to ‘build and to plant’ but before he can do that he needs to “root out, and pull down, destroy, and throw down!” Is that not this the SAME commission which God has given us?! People always ask us WHY we spend so much time attacking heresies and false doctrines and not just preach Jesus and His love for all! Well now you know!
Before one can build he needs to clear the ground! Before we establish in a man’s mind that Jehovah is absolutely Sovereign we must show him how depraved and helpless he is! Before we can tell a man of the perfect holiness and righteousness of the Son of God we need to show him that all man’s righteousness are as filthy menstrual rags in God’s sight! And therefore we preach not only the truth but spend a great deal of time exposing the Lie!
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins!” [Isaiah 58:1]
And the commission given to Jeremiah is not an easy one that can be carried out in the flesh or in human strength. And therefore the Lord assures the prophet of his election by grace; telling him that this is no ‘happenchance’ but that he (Jeremiah) was a chosen vessel for this commission long before he was even born! “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations!” [Jer 1:5]
But Jeremiah is not an angel from Heaven, but flesh and blood like you and me, and is overwhelmed by the task at hand and therefore tries to shirk off the responsibility by appealing to his inexperience – for he says, “Look for someone else God because I am a child”. But what is the answer of the Holy one unto him? This – “Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.” [Jer 1:7,8]
And did not our Master assure US with these very same words? “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
In your patience possess ye your souls!” [Luke 21:15-19]
All that to say, history does repeat itself and the Word of God in the Old testament is as relevant to US as it was to the people to whom it was originally intended. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come!” [1Cor 10:11]
There is lot more to be said about Jeremiah and his message. But more later . . . .