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The Book of Jeremiah (1 of 5)
Dr. Ken Boa
Now, as we study the Book of Jeremiah, we look at a man who was called to an unenviable prophetic ministry. You look at a lot of characters in the Bible and that's probably one of the ones I definitely wouldn't want to have been, He was a man who struggled with his very own calling for being a prophet. Again and again, he says, 'I don't want to be a prophet. I don't want to bear this incredible burden for my people.' For almost fifty years - nearly five decades - he called a rebellious people to repentance without any significant positive response. Frankly, that would wear thin. One king comes and another king comes, and another and another and another and he sees the very prophesies come true in his own lifetime and all the words that he spoke at the beginning of his prophetic ministry about the ultimate demise of Judah, his beloved country people and the sad part is, that these people refuse to listen to God's loving message, that even then, it would not be too late to change and to avert the coming disaster. This eleventh hour prophet indicates that God's compassion and grace is such that if they would only respond, there would be a different future and that God's judgment that he predicted would not come to pass. One of the key verses, one of the key chapters, and one of the most poignant images in this profound prophesy is Chapter 18. It's the image of the potter and the clay. And in this image, Jeremiah is called to arise and go down to the potter's house where he would receive God's word of prophetic vision. And there he saw a potter and he was making something on the wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter and so, he remade it into another vessel as it pleased the potter to make, because, as you know, you can still work with the clay as long as it's moist. As long as it's wet you can still reshape it and if it doesn't turn out well, you can reshape that material ...
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