Life and Ministry of Jeremiah Training of God’s servant in the end days
Life and Ministry of Jeremiah 1. The Setting of Jeremiah 2. The Person of Jeremiah 3. The Ministry of Jeremiah
Clarify We might not all be called to be a prophet But we are all called to serve
Jeremiah Called To wake up southern kingdom: Judah Last cry of God’s love before judgment Tragically most did not respond Today in His Love God is calling us Many similar circumstances as Judah Many lessons for us to learn
Reign of Josiah 2 Chronicles 34-35 Appeared to be a great revival But what was their true spiritual condition? Jeremiah 7:1-11
True Spiritual Condition Much outward form, ritual, correct words But very little inward reality Characteristic of God’s people in end days Don’t know their true condition God in His great love calls Jeremiah
Jeremiah the Person Jeremiah 1 Lord forms Jeremiah Lord prepares Jeremiah Lord comforts Jeremiah Lord equips Jeremiah Lord empowers Jeremiah Lord calls Jeremiah to respond
Lord Forms & Prepares Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. Key word: “I” Do we realize God has done the same for us?
Lord Comforts Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:6-8 Acknowledges Lord Sovereign & Mighty Not rebellion but humility Mary's response “How can this be?” Lord to Jeremiah: Don’t say I am a youth Natural perspective “I am with you”
“I Am With You” Powerful word to comfort & encourage All He is & all He has done is with us Isaiah 43: 1-5 – Thou art Mine – Pass through the water, I will be with you – Walk through the fire, not be scorched – Do not fear for I am with you
Lord Equips Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:9 He puts His word in Jeremiah’s mouth Not expecting him to speak his own words Jeremiah was available to the Lord for service
Lord Empowers Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:11-15 The visions of the almond tree/boiling pot Aaron’s rod bloomed & others did not (dead) – Speaks of “resurrection life” He would go forth not in his natural power But in the power of resurrection life Difficult message of judgment, but with hope
Lord Calls Jeremiah to Respond Jeremiah 1:17-19 NOW!! Gird up your loins, arise & speak I have made you: A fortified city: Defended A pillar of iron: Stand under pressure As walls of bronze: Unbreakable
Lord’s Process of Equipping God’s Side Reveals & releases His provision Man’s Side Receive & respond to His provision
Jeremiah’s Environment Many will fight against you, but not overcome His message would be one of judgment He would be despised, rejected, beaten Ones in his hometown try to kill him High priest arrests him & puts him in chains Such is the nature of end time ministry
Jeremiah’s Testimony Jeremiah 20:7-11 Vs. 7: Why have you deceived me? Vs. 9: Tries to stop but cannot Constrained by the love of Christ Vs.7 & 10: Laughingstock, mocked, whisperings Vs. 11 BUT the Lord is with me Through trials & testing it became reality
The Ministry of Jeremiah The character of his ministry The cause of his ministry The comfort of his ministry
The Character of His Ministry Jeremiah 1:10 To root up/ pluck up To break down/pull down To destroy To overthrow/throw down To build To plant
Consider Our Lord’s Ministry First to Calvary To root up, breakdown, destroy & overthrow Then Pentecost To build and to plant
The Cause of His Ministry Jeremiah 1:16 Two main issues with Judah Forsaken Me for other gods Worshipped the works of their own hands
Forsaken Me Jeremiah 2:10-13 Israel has changed their god My people have committed two evils: – Forsaken the fountain of living water – Hewn their own cisterns
Cry of Love to Return 2:20-21 Reminds them of His provision 2:29 Why do you contend with me? 2:30 In vain I have disciplined you (Heb 12:6) 2:31 Heed My word Why say “we are free to roam”
What is True Freedom? Many believers declare: we are free What are we set free from? – Sin, world, corruption, self Why are we free? To do His will What have we been set free to be? – Bondslaves of God, slaves of righteousness Today many misunderstand this freedom Abuse it for own self-interest and pleasure
Cry of Love In judgment God remembers mercy 3:12-14 Return, repent, be restored 3:22 Return & I will heal Jeremiah’s heart for the people 4:19 My soul, my heart is in anguish God’s burden is his burden
Condition of the People 5:1Key words: justice & truth 5:4-5 Neither poor nor great know the Way 5:7Again, forsaken Me (also vs. 19) 5:31My people love this poor condition 6:16-17We will not walk nor listen Picture of God’s people in the last days
Jeremiah’s Sorrow Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Lord’s burden had become his burden Embodiment of sorrow of God’s love True power of a man of God – Not a mere channel/pipeline – But has heart/desire of His Master Difficulties/trails train servants of Lord – Paul/Joseph: prison John: Isle of Patmos
Jeremiah’ Persecution Jeremiah now trained through persecution 11:1 Faithful messenger of Lord 11:18 Persecution from home town 12:1 He cries out to the Lord & Lord responds 12:5If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?
God’s Training Process How do we react when: Rejected by those close to us The trial seems much stronger than you The circumstances are overwhelming Challenged as a false servant 17:15 Where is the word of Lord
Jeremiah: Faithful Servant Jeremiah was faithful in spite of: – An unpopular message – A rejected message – An unfulfilled message Saw captivity but not return Can we stay faithful when rejected and do not see much fruit?
Longsuffering Love of God Through Jeremiah we see longsuffering love Phrase used 9 times in Jeremiah 7:13 "And now, because you have done all these things," declares the LORD, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you but you did not answer (Also see 7:25; 11:7; 25:3-4; 26:5; 29:19; 32:33; 35;14-15; 44:4)
The Comfort of His Ministry Jeremiah 30-31 God is a God of Hope Yes, He will tear down but He will recover Key phrase: “I Will” What a glorious hope Israel was given Sadly only few responded How will we respond in this hour?