• Jeremiah 1:19 They will fight against you, But they will not prevail against you. For I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you. The life of a prophet was not easy, and this was especially true in Jeremiah's case. During Jeremiah's time as a prophet, The Southern Kingdom, Judah as it was known, was under Egyptian rule, first, and then Babylonian siege and then rule. Most of Judah's kings were evil, and the people, instead of turning to God, turned to false gods. So, the prophets were either ignored, or abused. But they had God on their side.
    1. Jeremiah 1:18 For behold I have made you this day, A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land, Against the kings of Judah , against its princes, Against it's priests, and against the people of the land. Being a prophet meant being unpopular. Prophets were abused, murdered, chased, threatened - all because they were calling the people to repent and follow God. But here God is telling Jeremiah that He is going to protect him. We should all take heed to that.
      1. Jeremiah 1:16-17 I will utter my judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods, And worshipped the works of their own hands. Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed by their faces, Lest I dismay you before them. I struggled with why I felt God was leading me to preach from this book. It's not even my favorite prophecy book (Isaiah is). But then I look at these two verses, and I see the state of our country, and state. God is forsaken by the majority now, and we, as Christians, are in the minority in both our state and country. God is forsaken, how sad, how terribly sad. But we, just as Jeremiah was called to do, are to proclaim Him. His judgment is coming for those who reject Him.
        1. Jeremiah 1:8-9 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 kingdoms, To root out and pull down, To destroy and throw down, To build and to plant." Jeremiah had his work cut out for him. He was probably between 20 -30 years old. we know this because he calls himself a youth, and males didn't reach the legal age of maturity until they we 30 years old. This means he was probably going to be considered an impertinent and/or rebellious youth - which is not good since he was born into the priesthood.
          1. Jeremiah 1:6-8 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 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. Fear is normal, common. But the choice to act out of fear, or out of faith is the choice only we can make. Moses told God he could lead the people because of a speech impediment; Esther was afraid to go before the king until Mordechi reminded her of her duty to her people, Peter was afraid to acknowledge Jesus. We have all kinds of examples - but the Same faithful God led them all through their fears and sustained them.
            1. Jeremiah 1:4-5 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." Can we surprise God? Apparently not. Look at what God said to Jeremiah - He was known before he was in the womb. He was ordained a prophet before he was even born. We ca surprise ourselves, but not God.
              1. HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!
                1. Luke 23:44-47 Now it was about the sixth hour [noon], and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour [3:00 pm]. Then the sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit." Having said this He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this man was a righteous man." Certainly the Roman centurion had heard about Jesus. He was probably on alert when Jesus rode into town on Palm Sunday. But all he observed was a peaceful man. Then the events of last evening - not running away or fighting when He was arrested, not putting up a fight when He was whipped, led up to Golgotha, or nailed to the cross, and assuring the one thief he would be with Jesus in Paradise this very day. Jesus even asked forgiveness for the soldiers who crucified Him. And then, at the very end, choosing His own time to die and announcing it with the statement, "...into Your hands I commit My spirit." All this led to the centurion recognizing Jesus as being righteous.
                  1. Luke 23:39-43 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this Man has done nothing wrong" Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise." In a few chapters prior, in Luke 19:10 Jesus states, "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Certainly no one would fit the description of lost better than the two criminals on the crosses next to Jesus. What a contrast between the two - one hurling abuse at Jesus, and the other accepting the punishment, according to him, justly due. Both of these men knew who Jesus was, which I find interesting. Most interesting, and pleasing, is that the second one recognized Jesus for who He truly was, and called him 'Lord.' And he received his second just reward of the day - the guarantee of heaven.
                    1. Matthew 27:35-38 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They divided my garments among them And for my clothing they cast lots." [Psalm 22:18] Sitting down they kept watch over Him there. and they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: 'This is Jesus The King of the Jews.' Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left. As it says in the song, 'He Came in Love,' "And the blood that flowed to the earth below brought forgiveness to the world that treated Him so."