Chief among things provoking judgment was the intense sin of King Manasseh (695 – 642 B.C. Compare Acts 1:16. But it was God’s will, as to Jeremiah, to add also the visible signs of the thing itself, by extending his hand and touching his mouth. It was when the word, the expression, the character of God became flesh and dwelt among us that we beheld His glory. Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth. By stretching out His hand and touching Jeremiah"s mouth, the Lord symbolized the transfer of His words to the prophet"s mouth (cf. But it was a special thing as to Jeremiah, that God, by stretching out his hand, touched his mouth; it was, that he might openly shew that his mouth was consecrated to himself. In Jeremiah 19:6-13 the threatened punishment is given again at large, and that in two strophes or series of ideas, which explain the emblematical act with the pitcher. 2. (F. Surely He’s as guid as He can be. 3 men bore this name. behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.” Without doubt, as a boy he had enjoyed peculiar advantages. Deuteronomy 18:18). Jeremiah 1:9 Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me,“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. So Isaiah's lips were touched with a living coal (Isaiah 6:7; cf. Touched, Heb. [Note: Charles H. Dyer, in The Old Testament Explorer, p591. THE CONTEXT In chapter 26, Jeremiah, at Yahweh's direction, prophesied concerning the disaster that Yahweh intended to bring on Judah. Even prayers by Moses (compare Num. God cannot give His glory to another. When one star riseth, another setteth. Eric had been a sceptic, but as he walks with Robert he says, with the tears welling up in his eyes, “If I only knew that God was as good as that woman, I should die content.” Robert answers, “But surely ye dinna think God’s nae as guid as she is? 3. Isaiah 6:6-7; Ezekiel 3:1-3). 1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 2. Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and PowerPoints for Preaching on Jeremiah 1:9-10. They tell us that an attribute of His is glory, majesty, far-reaching grandeur. The like visible sign for confirmation was given to Isaiah; [Isaiah 6:7] to Ezekiel; [Ezekiel 2:8; Ezekiel 3:2-3] and to John the divine; [Revelation 10:10] how much are we bound to God for his word and sacraments? I see Him suffering because He loved the world. They love the shallows, with their carpet of silver sand, rather than the strong billows that test a man’s endurance. See Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. The stars swing true to their courses. Attend to what I am about to say; or, Look upon this outward sign, and let it assure thee of the thing signified. [Note: Keil, 1:42.]. Preachers may preach forever that God is love, and it will not have the force of one God-filled deed of love. I ask God what word He has for me in my sorrows and loneliness, and the answer comes to me in the life of Jesus that God is love. behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child." Jeremiah was from Anathoth in the tribal lands of Benjamin. Jeremiah 1:9, ESV: "Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth.And the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth." (Henry Smith.). How many words of God come to us through Nature! For God is not dumb, and His prophets today are not deaf. Lord God! Look how Jesus treated sinful women who came to Him, and see how God treats sinners. Leviticus 10 ff. How does God treat sinful beings? God has great destinies in view for the human soul. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. (I think so. (F. B. Meyer, B. Browse Sermons on Jeremiah 1:9-10. But in his time he was a small town boy trying to make it big in the big city, and by all apparent measures, he was a failure. TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT To get what Jeremiah 1:9 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context  and relative popularity. Like Moses, he could say, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” The best speakers for God are frequently they who are least gifted with human eloquence; for if that be richly present--the mighty power of moving men--there is an imminent peril of relying on it, and attributing the results to its magnetic spell. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. I. infers the spuriousness of this word. Let us, then, know, that whatever proceeds from the wit of man, ought to be disregarded; for God wills this honor to be conceded to him alone, as it was stated yesterday, to be heard in his own Church. “This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard in front of the Temple of the LORD, and make an announcement to the people who have come there to worship from all over Judah. This is a great message. 16 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.” 3 For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: 4 “They will die of deadly diseases. As to the thing itself, a rule is prescribed to all God’s servants, that they bring not their own inventions, but simply deliver, as from hand to hand, what they have received from God. This was a very great favour and a sweet settlement to the hesitating prophet. See how Jesus’ whole life was a living word speaking the Fatherhood of God. He was conscious of his deficiency in speech. But that is no wonder. It is through life that God must speak His largest word, make the fullest revelation of His Being. (Note: The lxx have omitted להרוסa, and hence Hitz. The first series, Jeremiah 19:6-9, is introduced by בּקּותי, which intimates the meaning of the pitcher; and the other, Jeremiah 19:10-13, is bound up with the breaking of the pitcher. God knew Jeremiah, chose Jeremiah, and appointed Jeremiah. The words which a prophet speaks, like those which were to be spoken by the Apostles of Christ (Matthew 10:20), are not his own words, but those put into his heart by the Spirit of the Father. Read Jeremiah 1:9. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. (k) Which declares that God makes them meet and assures them, whom he calls to set forth his glory, giving them all means necessary for the same, Ex 4:12, Isa 6:7. If we did not know this universe was run honestly, we would not dare enter a new day. And how deeply impressed upon her was the word that God was a jealous God--jealous for the welfare of His people, a present help, a refuge, and a strength. So wherever there is a soul today who is one with the Father, there you will find a living Word of God. When God said "I have put my words in your mouth," did He mean that He had given Jeremiah the ability to receive visions? So “the finger of God” in Luke 11:20 answers to “the Spirit of God” in Matthew 12:28. Jeremiah 1:9-10. To root out and to pull down, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. The birds have all fled and the animals are gone." And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 9 Then Yahweh put forth his hand, and touched my mouth; and Yahweh said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. God poured out His Spirit on Jeremiah and ordained him for this purpose. This Jeremiah 12 commentary is a continuation of our Jeremiah 11 commentary… Jeremiah 12 Commentary Verse 1. and touched my mouth; just as one of the seraphim touched the mouth and lips of the Prophet Isaiah with a live coal from the altar, Isaiah 6:6, by this symbol the prophet was inducted into his office; and it was suggested to him that his mouth was now sanctified to the Lord's use and service; and that what he should speak should not be his own words, but the words of the Lord; and so the Targum paraphrases it, "and the Lord sent the words of his prophecy, and ordered them in my mouth;''. Let us remember that it was because Jesus was one with the Father that He could be the medium of the Word of God. What is the nature of God? Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Jeremiah 1:9-10. The verb know has much more meaning than simply being aware of. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. 2 One of the fathers of the Rechabites was named Jeremiah (Jer 35:3). When Mordecai groweth into favour, Haman groweth out of favour. And then they tell you something about Him that isn’t good, and go on calling Him good all the same. Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. Nature is full of prophecy, life everywhere throbs with expectancy of greater being; God begins with the simplest and works towards the greatest, He starts with a cell of living matter, and ends with the wonderful human frame, He starts with a spark of life and ends with a spirit in His own image. A.). He dare not expose His servants to the temptation of sacrificing to their own net or trusting their own ability. It was a living word from God straight to his heart. It is therefore sufficient as to the ministers of the word, that their tongues be consecrated to God, so that they may not mix any of their own fictions with his pure doctrine. Then was His true glory revealed, then His nature made manifest. Notwithstanding all, the Word of the Lord shall come to thee; not for thy sake alone, but for those to whom thou shalt be sent. 1:5). Jeremiah 9:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Jeremiah 9:10, NIV: "I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands.They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The Word of God Words are often used in two ways--one specific, definite; the other general, figurative. How does this work? 5.) Jeremiah 1:9 To whom the Word of the Lord came. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth, See, I have this day set thee over the nations. God was a just God. God uses ordinary people to accomplish His extraordinary work if they trust in Him in spite of their fears, obey Him in spite of their inexperience, and proclaim His Word in spite of their feelings of inadequacy. 9. (Read Jeremiah 31:1-9) God assures his people that he will again take them into covenant relation to himself. (11-19) Commentary on Jeremiah 1:1-10 (Read Jeremiah 1:1-10) Jeremiah's early call to the work and office of a prophet is stated. Jeremiah Chapter 15 Verses 1-9: It was ineffective at this point to intercede for the nation. One Word of God that came through Israel was justice. Jeremiah's call to the prophetic office. Other cases of touching the lips are those of Isaiah 6:6, symbolical of purification; and of Daniel 10:16, symbolical of supernatural strengthening. There were several reasons why Jeremiah might have been passed over. In Jesus see how He is a Father. does not then pronounce the other three spurious.). ). (9) The Lord put forth his hand . Jeremiah 1-9 English Standard Version (ESV). The meaning of Jeremiah's being shut up in the court of the guard so that he cannot go with his message into the house of Jehovah is that a separation in consciousness has been built up between the wisdom and the will; the will has taken possession of the life in the organism, and has excluded the wisdom. Leviticus 10 ff. The one thing that God demands of thee is absolute consecration to His purpose, and willingness to go on any errand on which He may send thee. 10 Behold, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jesus is the living manifestation of the Word of God. During his lifetime he saw the Assyrians, once powerful and dreaded enemies of Israel and Judah, crumble and fall. And he adds. 14:11-25), and Samuel (compare 1 Sam. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. His strength is only made perfect in weakness. ], "The word of God is a power that carries out His will, and accomplishes that whereto He sends it, Isa. Nature tells us God is honest, true to Himself, to the laws He has made, to man. Jeremiah 10:16). He was young. By nature he seemed cast in too delicate a mould to be able to combat the dangers and difficulties of his time. Jeremiah 16:1-9 New International Version (NIV) Day of Disaster. . It is not to be expected that a superficial gaze will discern the special qualifications that attracted the Divine choice to Jeremiah. God has often selected the young for posts of eminent service: Samuel and Timothy; Joseph and David; Daniel and John the Baptist. Biblical Commentary Jeremiah 28:5-9 EXEGESIS: JEREMIAH 26-28. OK, so Jeremiah sees the potter working with some clay on his wheel. But Miss Letty makes him stay three days and rest, while she ministers to him, and then starts him off to Edinburgh, a new man, and a couple of pieces in his pocket. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. I have put My words, &c. This is inspiration. The potter is spinning the clay using his feet on the lower wheel and he’s shaping the clay with his hands on the upper wheel. to go into the family business. Many people think He is not a God of purpose, but that the universe is being run with no end in view. Compare Isaiah (Isaiah 6:6, Isaiah 6:7); Ezekiel (Ezekiel 2:8, Ezekiel 2:9); Daniel (Can. JEREMIAH 1:9-10. ", “Let him who speaks, speak as the oracles of God,”, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. (1-10) A vision of an almond-tree and of a seething-pot, Divine protection is promised. 4. Eric Ericson, a poor Scotch student, tramping on to Edinburgh, stops footsore and weary at the “Boar’s Head,” the inn kept by Letty Napier. For this purpose he says, that God’s words were put in his mouth. and continued until he was taken to Egypt in about 587 B.C. set over them. He, therefore, testifies again, that he came not of himself, but was sent from above, and was invested with the authority of a prophet. This is the use of “word” in the Bible. “Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. All the prophets of Israel saying that God is long-suffering will not move a man to see it so much as one soul here exhibiting the forbearance of God. 1. in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah --The Jews often divided any period into two halves, the beginning and the end. He specially shrank from the burden he was summoned to bear. Against this power nothing earthly can stand; it is a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces, xxiii29." We might see this in the history of any nation, of old or of today, but I will take Israel, because we are more familiar with its history and its prophets. Against this power nothing earthly can stand; it is a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces, xxiii29. The instruments of the Divine purpose in all ages have not been such as man would have selected. They have the sensitiveness of a girl, and the nervous organism of a gazelle. Ezekiel 2:8-10; Daniel 10:16). So Isaiah‘s lips were touched with a living coal (Isaiah 6:7; compare Ezekiel 2:8, Ezekiel 2:9, Ezekiel 2:10; Daniel 10:16). But when Eric felt love in this godly woman it set him to thinking about the goodness in God. Behold; q.d. He was to be a prophet, not to the Jews only, but to the neighbouring nations. Words are often used in two ways--one specific, definite; the other general, figurative. There is a Word of God for us in nature. I see God living as love before me. 12:19-25), eminent in intercession, would not defer judgment, where unrepentance persists (compare 18:8; 26:3). 1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.”. See Deuteronomy 18:18. And every other nation through its people and prophets has some great Word of God to give to the world. The best lies before us, the golden age is yet to be. Days and nights all speak of His glory and infinite resource. [Note: Charles H. Dyer, in The Old Testament Explorer, p591.]. The bitter complaint of his afterlife was that his mother had brought him into a world of strife and contention. Here’s the context: the Israelites were in exile, a punishment from God as a result of their disobedience. 1. The True Meaning of Jeremiah 29:11. So it is with the term “word,” Primarily, it stands for a written or spoken term composed of letters; then we enlarge its content and use it in the sense of a message, “What word did our friend send?” Then as the Psalmist used it, where the heavens have a word for us, a message. Lynch.). A visible symbol was added, that there might be a stronger confirmation: but there is no reason to make this a general rule, as though it were necessary that the tongues of all teachers should be touched by the hand of God. I see His love going out to wretched men and women. It is to those who have no might that He increaseth strength. But this symbolical act belongs not to the realm of sense, but to that of spirit. . After resting awhile, he starts to go on, although so footsore he can hardly walk. Jeremiah 26:1-9 NLT This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah. Then the Lord put forth his hand,.... Who, according to Kimchi, was the Angel that appeared to the prophet, and spoke in the name of the Lord to him, and is called by his name; but rather it was the Son of God, the true Jehovah, who appeared in a human form he assumed for the present, and put forth his hand: and touched my mouth; just as one of the seraphim touched the mouth and lips of the Prophet Isaiah with a live coal from the altar, Isaiah 6:6, by this symbol the prophet was inducted into his office; and it was suggested to him that his mouth was now sanctified to the Lord's use and service; and that what he should speak should not be his own words, but the words of the Lord; and so the Targum paraphrases it, "and the Lord sent the words of his prophecy, and ordered them in my mouth;'. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.” He reminds us of a denizen of the sea, accustomed to live within its shell, but suddenly deprived of its strong encasement, and thrown without covering on the sharp edges of the rocks. See the like kind of phrase Jeremiah 5:14. The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah … When one sea floweth, another ebbeth. One of the leaders of the restoration and the Lord said unto me, behold, I have put my words in thy mouth; which was signified by the preceding symbol; wherefore he might with great freedom and boldness deliver them out to others. There are here two things — the thing itself, and the external sign. But calling anybody good doesn’t make him good, you know.” Yes, poor Eric was right--calling Him good does not make Him good. Do not, then, despair because of these apparent disqualifications. In the days of Josiah . Behold, … Now I have seen Jesus I know God identifies Himself with men. I see Him serving as only love can serve. Yet such, like Jeremiah, may play an heroic part on the world’s stage, if only they will let God lay down the iron of His might along the lines of their natural weakness. Jeremiah 1:9-10 recounts God's commission to Jeremiah, at the time a teenager.. Jeremiah's task was so important that God had prepared him for it from his conception (verse 5). , symbolical of supernatural strengthening. hand . Jeremiah 1:9-10. . Touched - “Made it touch.” This was the symbol of the bestowal of divine grace and help, by which that want of eloquence, which the prophet had pleaded as a disqualification, was removed. How Jesus saw in Nature the Word of God’s care and watchfulness! The foundation Principle of the physical universe is honesty. — A sign and symbol of inspiration, implying that God would reveal his power through Jeremiah’s utterances. Then we go on until we come to find that any expression of God is called a Word of God. See Jesus giving His rest, and strength, and life, that men may see to what ends God will go to save His children. How young we do not know; but young enough for him to start back at the Divine proposal with the cry, “Ah! So it is with all the attributes of God. 1. Ver. I see Him gathering to Himself outcasts and sinners, and recreating them in a new atmosphere of love. A Jeremiah of Libnah was the maternal grandfather of Jehoahaz king of Judah (2 Kgs 23:31). This passage ought to be carefully observed; for Jeremiah briefly describes how a true call may be ascertained, when any one undertakes the office of a teacher in the Church: it is ascertained even by this when he brings nothing of his own, according to what Peter says in his first canonical epistle, “Let him who speaks, speak as the oracles of God,” III. Jeremiah 1:5-10 Jeremiah was a prophet of God who began his work in 627 B.C. The reader of the passage has an interesting choice when voicing Jeremiah’s objection and then God’s rebuttal. So when the fulness of time had come God spoke to men through a human soul. The priests and prophets advocated the death penalty for Jeremiah… . There is a very striking scene in George Macdonald’s “Robert Falconer” which shows how today a Word of God may come through life. It carries the idea of recognition of the worth and purpose of him who is known. But in the parallel passage, Jeremiah 31:28, the lxx have rendered all the four words by the one καθαιρεῖν; and Hitz. He expostulates, for he has not a shilling in the world. His chosen theme would have been God’s mercy--the boundlessness of His compassion, the tenderness of His pity. Other cases of touching the lips are those of. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and the Lord said unto me, behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. Will God suffer to save men? I see Him taking little children upon His knee and blessing them. He found himself changed into a new man. Suns rise and set and do not deceive us. This does not mean that Jeremiah was a small child, but was an expression used of someone in their teens. YAHWEH TOUCHED MY MOUTH. If we opened Jeremiah's mouth would we find a bunch of words crammed in it? Many are moulded upon this type. This title is given only to these invested with high authority (e. g. Genesis 41:34; 2 Chronicles 24:11; Jeremiah 20:1; Jeremiah 29:26).From God‘s side, the prophet is a mere messenger, speaking what he is told, doing what he is commanded. But when He said, “I and the Father are one,” He referred to a spiritual oneness. How the writers of the Psalms saw it! Fear not, therefore, though thou be, as thou objectest, infantissimus et infirmissimus; but "go in this my might," and preach lustily. When Benjamin beginneth, Rachel endeth. As we are reading, in these days, more and more deeply into Nature, we are hearing another great Word of God, namely, that God is a God of purpose. He encouraged Jeremiah by telling him not to fear those to whom he would be sent, "for I am with you to deliver you" (verse 8). 9.And touched my mouth — A sign and symbol of inspiration, implying that God would reveal his power through Jeremiah’s utterances. also in the days of Jehoiakim. Then the Lord put forth his hand: God having before excited the prophet to his work by command and promise, doth now in a vision establish and confirm him, either by the hand of an angel, Isaiah 6:6,7, or rather, by himself in some visible shape. 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