Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
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. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
God appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet. As a prophet of God, Jeremiah is given his task.
This is significant. God has put Jeremiah over nations and kingdoms. His first assignment is to pluck up, break down, destroy and overthrow. Before Jeremiah could build and plant, he must pluck, break, destroy, and overthrow.
Why? Why is that important?
“If you return, O Israel, declares the Lord, to me you should return. If you remove your detestable things from my presence, and do not waver, and if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.”
For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.”
It’s important because if Judah and Jerusalem don’t return, if they don’t break up their fallow ground, then they will be burned up in the wrath of God. If we do not destroy and start over in our beliefs and understanding, and instead continue to follow the world, then certain destruction and wrath from God will fall upon us.
This is true for all of us today. The Lord is patient. So break up your fallow ground. Turn to Jesus Christ and obey Him. Kiss the Son lest He be angry at you and destroy you.