The following words were written by Roger Oakland from Understand the
Times. I could not have stated this any better when relating to my
own situation, thoughts, and walk with God.
The Jeremiah Calling
Commentary by Roger Oakland
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The Bible provides a vast list of characters God has used as the
servants He has called to fulfill His plan on planet Earth. Few are more
dynamic in the way they fulfilled their calling than Jeremiah, one of the
prophets we read about in the Old Testament. Jeremiah’s ministry covered
approximately forty years until a few years after Judah ceased to be a
state in 586 BC.
As with other prophets that God raised up to speak and warn about the
terrible apostasy that impacted Israel, Jeremiah was not popular. In fact,
the task of a prophet of God is often characterized by loneliness and
despair. No one wants to hear the bad news of the mandate that the prophet
has been given to proclaim.
Such is the case today when someone proclaims the Word of God with the
anointing of God’s Spirit. Those who do not have a love of the truth (2
Thessalonians 2:10) but rather love the darkness make the most noise. They
do not want the light of the Word to expose the carnal and devious plans
Jeremiah had no choice but to tell the truth. He was called to tell the
truth. He knew that it was the truth that would set sinners free. He was
also aware that hiding the truth would bring further destruction. Jeremiah
had a compassion for those who were deceived, but he also had passion to
let the deceived know there were consequences for turning away from God
and serving their gods.
He also understood that history had a pattern of repeating itself. He
knew what had happened in the past, and he knew what would occur when the
Children of Israel refused to hear God and His Word. He could see his
colleagues and friends falling into the same trap. On one occasion, his
passion is obvious from the words that he spoke:
And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of
Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They are turned back to the
iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they
went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of
Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. Therefore
thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall
not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not
hearken unto them. Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of
Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they
shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. Jeremiah 11:9-12
The main reason the Children of Israel were disobedient is that they
were rebellious to God and His Word. God had already warned them. They
knew what to expect if they chose the gods; but they went after the gods
anyway. Further, they had placed their trust in man rather than in God.
The writing was on the wall. Judgment was just around the corner. Jeremiah
pleaded with his people. The leaders of Israel scoffed at him and attacked
him personally. However, the Word of God explains that the gods did not
prevent the Lord from judging them. The people were taken into captive in
Babylon just as God warned.
Jeremiah was a true prophet. He could not keep quiet. He had to speak.
He was called by God and appointed to be a prophet to the nations
(Jeremiah 1:5). While he was not always enthusiastic about what God had
called him to do, his calling commanded him to speak with boldness and not
to be afraid of those whom he was directed to warn (Jeremiah 1: 7-8).
Further, Jeremiah did not have to lay awake at night to think up what
he was going to tell the leaders of Israel (Jeremiah 1:9). His message was
not candy-coated. It was harsh. It was a message of warning. He was a
warrior and a watchman (chapters 1-45). He warned that sin would be judged
and that leaders and the organizations who were sinning would be exposed.
They and their sin were exposed. Sin will be judged whether it is
covered up or not. The same is true of the past, the present, and the
Jeremiah’s message was not all negative. There was a positive side as
well. He was called to build and to plant. When one plants then one has
enlisted in the field of agriculture. This means that seeds are put in the
soil with the faith that there will be a crop and therefore a harvest.
While most Bible expositors are good at pointing out that Jeremiah was
good at exposing sin and error, not many actually see him as an
evangelist. Jeremiah proclaimed the truth of the Gospel – he was a witness
to the nations as well (Jeremiah chapters 46 – 52).
Warrior, Watchman and Witness
The Jeremiah calling is still in place today. God is speaking to his
people to be warriors for the truth. This does not mean to attack the
unbelievers and the apostate deceivers with a sword. What this means is
that we should be warriors who use the Word as the sword.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
While there are those who claim they do use the Word as they teach the
Word, it is obvious that this is not always true. Sometimes they use the
Word of God in a way that advances their own false beliefs in order to
gain power and control.
A warrior is one who is willing to lay down his or her life for the
truth. This is what Jesus did. Few are willing to lay down their lives
today and risk their lives to take a stand, whatever the cost. Few are
willing to pick up their cross and follow Him. But Jesus told His
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24
Certainly, this does not mean that such a person who chooses to follow
Christ at all costs is perfect. All have fallen short of the glory of God.
There is only One who gave His life so that we can have eternal life. Only
One who is worthy. We must always be looking to Him and Him alone. A
watchman is someone who is always prepared to be on the wall looking
towards the horizon to see if danger is coming. Sometimes there are those
who are supposed to be watching who instead have grown weary or old and
have fallen asleep. Others have been sidetracked by the cares of the world
or the attraction of money, power, and possessions. They no longer see
spiritual danger. This is very tragic indeed. Often when this happens, God
will simply raise up other watchmen.
A witness is someone who will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah laid the foundation for the Gospel by pointing the people of his
day to the Word of God, which is the truth. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is
based on the truth, which is the Word God; therefore, Jeremiah was a true
witness for the Lord.
So, where do you stand? Are you willing to be a Jeremiah? Are you
willing to do what God is calling you to do or just sit by the wayside and
We are living at a time in history when we may be near the end of
history. Isn’t it time to stand up and take a stand for the truth?
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common
salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye
should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the
saints. Jude 1:3
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