Did God Know Jeremiah Before He Was Born?

In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells Jeremiah that he knew (ידע – yadang) the soon-to-be prophet before he was even born! But what does that mean? You might think it’s an easy question to answer. Know means know. Right? Well, no. There are nuances to that Hebrew word. It can obviously refer to intellectual knowledge. But that word can also communicate volitional knowledge — in…

What Do an Almond Tree and a Watching God Have In Common?

In Jeremiah 1:4-10 we saw Jeremiah’s commissioning to the nations. But God’s not done with his commissioning of Jeremiah at that point. Because Jeremiah 1:11-16 seems to focus on Jeremiah’s ministry to his own people – the Jews. Jeremiah Commissioned to Judah God commissions Jeremiah to the people of Judah in the form of two object lessons.…