Craig Krueger
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Jeremiah Introduction
Jeremiah's Call, Central Message and Cost
Published July 9th, 2019
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Jeremiah's Call, Message and Attitudes
Jeremiah 1:4-19
וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃
And the word of the LORD came to me saying:
בְּטֶרֶם אצורך 1 בַבֶּטֶן יְדַעְתִּיךָ וּבְטֶרֶם תֵּצֵא מֵרֶחֶם הִקְדַּשְׁתִּיךָ נָבִיא לַגּוֹיִם נְתַתִּיךָ׃
"Before you were in the womb I knew you, and before you came forth from the womb I set you apart; I gave (appointed) you as a prophet to the nations."
וָאֹמַר אֲהָהּ אֲדֹנָי יְהֹוִה הִנֵּה לֹא־יָדַעְתִּי דַּבֵּר 1
And I said, "Ah Lord Yahweh, behold I do not know how to speak,
כִּי־נַעַר אָנֹכִי׃פ
for I am a youth!"
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי אַל־תֹּאמַר נַעַר אָנֹכִי
And Yahweh said to me, "Do not say 'I am a youth,'
כִּי עַל־כָּל־אֲשֶׁר אֶשְׁלָחֲךָ תֵּלֵךְ וְאֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר אֲצַוְּךָ תְּדַבֵּר׃
for everywhere I send you, you will go; and everything I command you, you will say.
אַל־תִּירָא מִפְּנֵיהֶם
Do not be afraid before them,
כִּי־אִתְּךָ אֲנִי לְהַצִּלֶךָ נְאֻם־יְהוָה׃
for I am with you to deliver you," says Yahweh.
וַיִּשְׁלַח יְהוָה אֶת־יָדוֹ וַיַּגַּע עַל־פִּי וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי הִנֵּה נָתַתִּי דְבָרַי בְּפִיךָ׃
And Yahweh stretched out his hand and touched my mouth and Yahweh said to me, "Behold, I place my word in your mouth.
רְאֵה הִפְקַדְתִּיךָ׀ הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה עַל־הַגּוֹיִם וְעַל־הַמַּמְלָכוֹת לִנְתוֹשׁ וְלִנְתוֹץ וּלְהַאֲבִיד וְלַהֲרוֹס לִבְנוֹת וְלִנְטוֹעַ׃פ
See I have appointed you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to throw down, to build up and to plant."
וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר מָה־אַתָּה רֹאֶה יִרְמְיָהוּ
And the word of the LORD came to me saying, "What do you see, Jeremiah?"
וָאֹמַר מַקֵּל שָׁקֵד אֲנִי רֹאֶה׃
And I said, " I see an almond tree."
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי הֵיטַבְתָּ לִרְאוֹת
And the LORD said to me, "You see well,
כִּי־שֹׁקֵד אֲנִי עַל־דְּבָרִי לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ׃פ
for I am watching over my word to do it."
וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה׀ אֵלַי שֵׁנִית לֵאמֹר מָה אַתָּה רֹאֶה וָאֹמַר סִיר נָפוּחַ אֲנִי רֹאֶה וּפָנָיו מִפְּנֵי צָפוֹנָה׃
And the word of the LORD came to me a second time saying, "What do you see?" and I said, "I see a pot boiling facing it from the face of the north."
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלָי מִצָּפוֹן תִּפָּתַח הָרָעָה עַל כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ׃
And the LORD said to me, "The evil one from the north will scatter all the inhabitants of the earth!
כִּי׀ הִנְנִי קֹרֵא לְכָל־מִשְׁפְּחוֹת מַמְלְכוֹת צָפוֹנָה נְאֻם־יְהוָה
For behold, I am calling all the clans from the kingdoms of the north," says the LORD;
וּבָאוּ וְנָתְנוּ אִישׁ כִּסְאוֹ פֶּתַח׀ שַׁעֲרֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְעַל כָּל־חוֹמֹתֶיהָ סָבִיב וְעַל כָּל־עָרֵי יְהוּדָה׃
"and they, each man, will come and set his throne in the entrance of the gate of Jerusalem and upon each surrounding wall, and upon every city of Judah.
וְדִבַּרְתִּי מִשְׁפָּטַי אוֹתָם עַל כָּל־רָעָתָם אֲשֶׁר עֲזָבוּנִי
And I will speak my judgments on them, upon all their wickedness with which they have abandoned me:
וַיְקַטְּרוּ לֵאלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְמַעֲשֵׂי יְדֵיהֶם׃
they offered burnt offerings to other gods and they bowed down to what their hands made.
וְאַתָּה תֶּאְזֹר מָתְנֶיךָ וְקַמְתָּ וְדִבַּרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי אֲצַוֶּךָּ
And you, gird up your loins and arise and speak everything that I command you!
אַל־תֵּחַת מִפְּנֵיהֶם פֶּן־אֲחִתְּךָ לִפְנֵיהֶם׃
Do not be demoralized (panicked) before them or I will demoralize you before them.
וַאֲנִי הִנֵּה נְתַתִּיךָ הַיּוֹם לְעִיר מִבְצָר וּלְעַמּוּד בַּרְזֶל וּלְחֹמוֹת נְחֹשֶׁת עַל־כָּל־הָאָרֶץ לְמַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה לְשָׂרֶיהָ לְכֹהֲנֶיהָ וּלְעַם הָאָרֶץ׃
And behold, I will make you this day like a fortified city and like a pillar of iron and a wall of bronze to the whole land of the kingdom of Judah, to its princes, to its priests, and to all the people of the land.
וְנִלְחֲמוּ אֵלֶיךָ וְלֹא־יוּכְלוּ לָךְ
And they will fight against you and they will not prevail over you,
כִּי־אִתְּךָ אֲנִי נְאֻם־יְהוָה לְהַצִּילֶךָ׃פ
for I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD
Point of almond (shaqahd) tree is early blossoming; pun, God is watching (shoqahd) over his word; so as the almond blossoms early, so God will fulfill Jeremiah's words soon.
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