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.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” Jer 1:4-10
Jeremih came from a priestly, his father, Hilkiah was the High Priest that found a copy of the Law, during the reign of Josiah, spurring a revival in the land. So, Jeremiah was a PK, a priests kid, and being a part of the Kohen, it was expected that Jeremiah would follow in the family business—BUT GOD!
God steps into Jeremiah’s life, even before that life had begun, setting a mantle for the future. A call of God that would bring a great deal of heartache, the call to be a prophet.
Jeremiah’s initial reaction was that he was too young. Thought to be seventeen, it was thirteen years before he would have taken up his traditional role as priest. However, for Jeremiah, his time was now. In the past, the people had broken covenant with God, and judgment was coming. Though Judah was experiencing a revival under Josiah, God doesn’t forget the sins of the past. Jeremiah’s call was sixfold:
- To root out
- To pull down
- To destroy
- To throw down
- To build
- And Plant
Everyone likes the positive of building and planting. Still, sometimes you have to take away the old, to start again.
What did God speak over you in your mother’s womb? Release it now, in Jesus’ name.