Jeremiah 1:14-19 One Is Worth A Whole

Jeremiah 1:14-19 (KJV)
Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

I notice a series of ever shrinking circles drawn around Jeremiah:
The families of the kingdoms of the north
These would be those Gentile nations, most notably Assyria and Babylon.

All the cities of Judah
Those of the southern kingdom, the northern being already destroyed.

The gates of Jerusalem
Jeremiah dwelt and ministered in the heart of Jewry. And that heart had become corrupt. It was God’s intention to use the Kingdoms of the north to judge Judah and then Jerusalem just as He had already judged Israel. God revealed His intention to Jeremiah and tasked him with warning the Jews.

Jeremiah himself
The final part of the text describes Jeremiah as a defensed city. God’s encouragement to him was that, while the judgment raged around him, God planned to protect him. God viewed him as more than an expendable. He was like an entire city in the estimation of the Lord. God would let no harm come to him.

Do we sometimes feel alone and unimportant? In the eyes of God every believer has the worth of a whole city. He would give Himself for just one because he estimates the worth of one as equal to all.

 

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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