For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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1These are the words of Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) the son of Hilkiyahu (Hilkiah), one of the cohanim living in ‘Anatot (Anathoth), in the territory of Binyamin (Benjamin). 2The word of Adonai came to him during the days of Yoshiyahu (Josiah) the son of Amon, king of Y’hudah (Judah), in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3It also came during the days of Y’hoyakim (Jehoiakim) the son of Yoshiyahu (Josiah), king of Y’hudah (Judah), continuing until the eleventh year of Tzidkiyahu (Zedekiah) the son of Yoshiyahu (Josiah), king of Y’hudah (Judah), right up until the time Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) was carried away captive, in the fifth month.
4Here is the word of Adonai that came to me:
5“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you;
before you were born, I separated you for myself.
I have appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
6I said, “Oh, Adonai Elohim, I don’t even know how to speak! I’m just a child!” 7But Adonai said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m just a child.’
“For you will go to whomever I send you,
and you will speak whatever I order you.
8Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you, says Adonai,
to rescue you.”
9Then Adonai put out his hand and touched my mouth, and Adonai said to me,
“There! I have put my words in your mouth.
10Today I have placed you over nations and kingdoms
to uproot and to tear down,
to destroy and to demolish,
to build and to plant.”
*English names for Hebrews are in parentheses placed there by this author
The believer is a chosen one, separated from the unbeliever. God knows his own and before they were formed he had purpose for them. Jesus was an example of this to the world. Jeremiah was also prior to Jesus. They were chosen, separated from the rest and had a given purpose.
God’s touch gives the ability to speak the words He, God, speaks. Jesus stated that he spoke the words of His Father.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. John 14:10
The believer today has the words of the Father.
God says ‘speak my words.’ He says his words will prevail over those of the nations and kingdoms. He says his words will ‘uproot and tear down, destroy and demolish, build and plant.‘ God’s words accomplish what they set out to do. His people, his chosen, those who are faithful to Him, speak His words. Any who deny the words of God are denying the One who gave them.
Note God’s words are multifaceted. They ‘uproot and tear down.’ They find what is evil, anti-God and take out what is as simple as thoughts that come unbidden to hinder God’s work, or what may be hidden in the words of others directed at the believer and intended by the enemy to find a toehold of offense to build into a stronghold of bitterness. It is stated that the words of God do more.
The Words of God ‘destroy and demolish.‘ This can be an ideology that has potential to lead God’s people astray from His Word. It may be humanism vs. God-centered thinking. The believer has an arsenal of God’s words that confront and confuse the intents of the enemy. Psalm 55
Confuse, Adonai, confound their speech!
Speaking the words of God doesn’t stop with eliminating the enemy and its tools.
God’s words ‘build and plant.’ Building and planting bring visions of new life. When the old thoughts, ideas, idol-worship are removed they are replaced with new thoughts, ideas that are biblically based and the worship of God. The believer bears the responsibility of ‘filling up’ with God’s words. God has supplied the believer with the written word, the Bible. God will, through the Holy Spirit, bring them to the believer’s remembrance, quicken the written word to the believer and inform their spirit of what to say. Many times God says, “Don’t worry about what to say, I will fill your mouth with my words.” There is a well of words to draw from.
Pray – My soul waits in silence for God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won’t be greatly moved. Psalm 62:1-2
Repent – I repent for my busyness that prevented me from waiting to hear from you. I repent for the busyness of your people, my people and fellow believers.
Ask – I ask you to open eyes and ears to see and hear what you say. Please let it not be so that you will once again have to say, “when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not hear.” Isaiah 66:4b
Yes – “Hear the word of Adonai, you who tremble at his word…” Isaiah 66 O, God, you are my God; I will seek you eagerly. My heart thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a land parched and exhausted, where no water can be found, I used to contemplate you in the sanctuary, seeing your power and glory, for your grace is better than life. My lips will worship you. Yes, I will bless you as long as I live: In your name I will lift up my hands. I am as satisfied as with rich food; my mouth praises you with joy on my lips when I remember you on my bed and meditate on you in the night watches. Psalm 63
Source: Jeremiah, Psalms, Isaiah