JEREMIAH'S MYSTERIOUS COMMISSION
When Israel was driven out to
Assyria in 721 BCE
Judah had not yet sinned as a nation.
Through Hosea, God said,
"Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend" (Hosea 4:15).
But later "her treacherous sister Judah feared not but went and played the harlot also,"
and God finally said, "The backsliding Israel hath justified herself
more than treacherous Judah" (Jeremiah 8:8-11).
And so, about 130 years after
the time came when God drove out the Jews, too,
into national captivity and banishment.
For this purpose God raised up a very special prophet,
whose real call and few, indeed, understand.
This prophet was Jeremiah. He
was sanctified before he was born. (See Jeremiah 1:5.)
Jeremiah, when first given his vital call and commission, was a young lad about 17.
Before he finally completed it, he was an aged White haired patriarch.
The commission is recorded in Jeremiah 1:10:
"See," God says to Jeremiah,
"I have this day set thee over
the nations and over kingdoms, to root out,
and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant."
There it is!
Jeremiah was set over the nations, more than one.
He was a Jew, of the tribe of Levi, living in Judah.
He was set a prophet over Judah, but not Judah alone.
Over the nations, Judah and Israel!
He was set over them to do two things:
to tear down something, and then to build and to plant something.
Jeremiah was used of God as a prophet to warn Judah of their sins,
and of the coming invasion and captivity
at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon unless they repented.
He was used as a go between, a mediator,
between the kings of Judah and Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldean king.
Yes, it is well known that Jeremiah was used in destroying
the kingdom of Judah.
But note it in your Bible!
He also was commissioned to plant and to build!
What was he to plant and build?
Why, naturally, that which was pulled down
and rooted out of Judah, the throne of David.
He was set over the kingdoms,
as well as Judah.
He was used in throwing down that throne from Judah.
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