God knew you while you were in your mothers womb. While you were yet in your mother’s belly, God knew you.
Jeremiah, known as the “Weeping Prophet” (see Jeremiah 9: 1), was one of the greatest divine speakers in the 7th century. The main task of this man of God was to try to save Judah, the southern kingdom, from their times of apostasy and destruction. If this fails, he will invite his people to subjugate Babylonian captivity to their deserved punishment. His message was considered unattractive, and he was persecuted.
However, biblical exegesis indicates that the clearest reading of Jeremiah 1: 5 is not the inviolable predestination that would have been the life and ministry of the prophet, but the sovereignty of God blended with the free will of humanity. This article will show that even during the fall of the kingdom of Judah, the Lord, to save his children never forced or predestined the will of Jeremiah.
His call to the prophetic ministry was recorded at the beginning of the book with his name. The Lord said, “Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you, and before you came out of your lap, I dedicated it to you: I pray you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1: 5). In this section, there are some important truths that are worth marking.
First, the Lord claims to have created a prophetic body in his mother’s womb. Modern science has just begun to explore the secrets of pregnancy development. One thing is for sure. There are laws according to which the process is structured. There are many “designs” that are characteristic of the complicated process, and this can only be explained by an Intelligent Planner.
Second, this text is a fascinating commentary on the foreknowledge of Almighty God. He can see the future, even to the extent that the knowledge of human nature and the perceptions of events that will occur in that person’s life are known. But just because the Lord “knows” the future does not indicate that he is taking away a man’s freedom of choice. The Bible shows that each person is personally responsible for their own decisions (see 2 Corinthians 5:10).
Third, this verse reveals that when Jeremiah evolved in the womb, God regarded him as a person. Personal pronouns can hardly be interpreted differently. “Before you left the womb, I sanctified you.” The idea that the “fetus” is a growing blob of tissue, and might be discarded at the comfort of some women’s “choice” is void of advantage and is a reflection of the extreme cruelty or brutality that has become so common in this age of carnality.
Encourage Yourself: “Jeremiah, I am your Creator, and before you were born, I chose you to speak for me to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5