Narrative Lectionary: Minimum Protection (Jeremiah 1:4-10, 7:1-11)

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Watching the work that people in my congregation do, it’s clear that they’re called by God to use their gifts as teachers or social workers, as parents or attorneys. Sometimes they say they just drifted into the work they do, not seeing the steps as part of God’s leading. Other times they have a certainty that they’re doing the work God wants them to do. Pastors have the benefit of an articulated sense of call – often a story about how God lured us out of accounting or marketing or surfing into the ministry. Jeremiah’s call reminds us that we all are called to do something in God’s world.

Read the Working Preacher commentary by Juliana Claassens.

Scripture

Read the scripture here.

For more about the history of Jeremiah, see the Jewish Encyclopedia.

Chapter - One - Jeremiah - Call - Story

In Chapter One, Jeremiah’s call story is particularly poignant, as we hear it in the first person. He raises the traditional objections voiced by anyone called by God, and God answers that God has had plans for Jeremiah from before his birth. Before Jeremiah has an understanding of the work ahead, God promises to deliver him. We can imagine that promise made his ears perk up. “Deliver me? From what?” God doesn’t sugar-coat the work ahead – it’s going to be difficult and dangerous.

Further, God has plans for the nation of Israel. There will be plucking up and pulling down, destroying and overthrowing ahead.

Verses - Book - Jeremiah - Son - Priest

The first verses of the book tell us that Jeremiah is the son of a priest. His call comes during the reign of King Josiah, and continues through the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, so he works for God for over forty years. He might have expected to go into the family business, also serving God as a priest, and God instead offers a dramatic disruption of that expected...
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