Weekly Lectionary Reading

Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany
January 31, 2010

Jeremiah 1:4-10 * Psalm 71:1-6 * 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 * Luke 4:21-30

4 The Lord gave me this message:

5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
10 Today I appoint you to stand up
against nations and kingdoms.
Some you must uproot and tear down,
destroy and overthrow.
Others you must build up
and plant.”

As I have mentioned before, Epiphany is a season of light.  It speaks to the mission of Jesus — the mission to tell others about the Light of the World.  In this short passage this morning we have the narrative of God calling Jeremiah to speak to the people of Israel.  Jeremiah is reminded as David reminded us in Psalm 139, that God knows us before we are formed in our mother’s womb.  God had plans for Jeremiah before he was even born.  God has plans for all of us before we are born.  I often think of my journey to the ministry.  If you were to look at it with a quick glance, you might say that I took the long way around to the ministry.  Yet, as I look back, God had his plan in place, so that I would be ready to serve Him as He wanted me.  I will admit that when God called me to the ministry during my high school years I felt like Jeremiah; “I can’t speak for you!  I’m too young!”  In my own mind, I felt and still feel that I am not a great speaker.  You can imagine my surprise when God called me into pastoral ministry and preaching.  However, he has given me the grace that I need to serve Him.  God reminds Jeremiah of that in verse 8, “Don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you.”  God even tells Jeremiah that He will give him the words to speak.  What a comforting thought for those who are called of God — no matter what age they are.  God will be with us as we share the light of Jesus.  Blessings….

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