Announcements for the week of January 31


Jeremiah4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
5 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
6 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  7 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 1:4-7)


Note that these words do speak of God knowing and having formed the prophet Jeremiah in the womb, and thus, they can be applied to life in the womb as formed by God generally.  However, first, these words apply to Jeremiah, as do the words, and the call, that follow.  God, therefore, is not calling all people to be a prophet to the nations, but God is calling Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations.


16-01-31, Epiphany 4, BA-2016C




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