by Steve Wagers

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The Man God Uses (1 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jeremiah 1
July 1. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. A Chosen Man
A) Personally
B) Precisely
C) Particularly
2. A Challenged Man
A) Inability
B) Immaturity
3. A Changed Man
A) The Touch by which He was Empowered
B) The Task for which He was Equipped
C) The Truth with which He was Encouraged

Someone has penned the words:

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
To play the noblest part;

When he years with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him.

Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes
How He uses when He chooses.
And with every purpose fuses him;

By every act induces him
To try His splendor out
God knows what He's about.

Jeremiah was a prophet in a time of crisis. He lived and died in a century of crisis. He faced oppression and opposition; persecution and perils; personal defeat and discouragement; yet, he is the man which God used in one of the most important scenes of Bible history.

English historian Lord Macaulay wrote, "It is difficult to conceive any situation more painful than that of a great man, condemned to watch the lingering agony of an exhausted country, to tend it during first of stupefaction and raving which precede its destruction, and to see the symptoms of vitality disappear one by one, till nothing is left but coldness, darkness and corruption." [1]

That description perfectly summarized the role of the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah is called upon to serve God while he watches his beloved nation decline, destruct and ultimately die.

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