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I. What Jeremiah and Judah hoped to hear

II. What the LORD commanded

Jeremiah 1:4-10 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I

set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Ah,

Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” 7

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to

everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be

afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 9

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to

me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you

over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and

overthrow, to build and to plant.”

In the name of Jesus Christ, whose work of salvation we know and enjoy because

his Word was faithfully proclaimed to us, dear Christian friends,

In the waiting room sat two employees, both called in to meet with the

president of the company. Neither one knew the purpose of the meeting, but both

figured it had to do with a promotion to the next level in the company. Both figured

their experience and their dedication put them in a good position to advance. They

spoke openly to one another about why they thought they were there and both were

eager to get the meeting started.

Each was called into the president’s office separately. Both received the same

news. Both were let go! The company was making cuts and their experience worked

against them because they were making too much money and had to be cut from the


Maybe you have been in a similar situation. You had an expectation of what was