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.