Bearing witness

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17

For all of his tears and lament, Jeremiah as portrayed in Jeremiah 1 is a bold young man mouthing off to God. Maybe the disrespect we sense in this exchange is not as dramatic as the disrespect that some of today’s youth display toward their elders, but it’s there all the same.

Just as God paused from conducting the grand symphony of creation to labor over a lump of dirt, the Sustainer of the universe takes a break from maintenance tasks to converse with a boy about his future. God is showing Jeremiah his birthmark, a designer label that says “made in the image of holiness.” Like all humanity, Jeremiah has been created, consecrated and called to be a glimpse of the glory of God in the world where he has influence.

 

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