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.” Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NKJV)

From the first verse of Jeremiah’s prophecy we see that he was a member of a family of the priesthood in “Anathoth in the land of Benjamin” so when he receives God’s call for him to be a prophet to the nations, that would have come as a surprise to his family.

First of all notice that God knew him before He formed him in his mother’s womb.  Now if that is not a defense against the murder of the unborn, I do not know what is.  This, is not meant however to be a decree concerning that matter, but of Jeremiah’s calling and why God called him.

It was God’s plan for Jeremiah.  The priesthood had become religious without a heart for God, His word or His ways.  God called Jeremiah to expose the religious hypocrisy of the day, and warn them of a coming judgment from Babylon, and it came just as God said.

Let me make something clear.  When we become a child of God through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ we are a “Royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9-10).  That is why we Baptist, and a few other Christian churches believe in the “Priesthood of the believer”.  Because we are priest we have access to the very throne of God.  I need no intercessor but Christ; and neither do you.

When the priests of God are right with God, then the word of God will become a dominant and majestic priority in personal life, and a message to spread, and speak to others.  That is Prophesying.  That is called preaching.

When you truly love God; you will truly love His word too.  You cannot have one without the other.

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