Let’s study God’s call to youthful Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
10 See, I have this day set (PAQAD) thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Jeremiah’s call as a teenager to the ministry has major implications for us. It behooves today’s Christian to study the Hebrew word “Paqad” in Jeremiah 1:10.
It’s number 6485 in the Strong’s Concordance Hebrew Dictionary.
I urge every Christian to spend twenty dollars, and learn to use the Strong’s. After the Bible, I consider it the most significant book for the Christian.
Strong’s Number 6485 (פקד paqad paw-kad’ )
(Qal): The Qal Verb Tense is the common present tense in the Hebrew.
1a1) to pay attention to, observe
1a2) to attend to
1a3) to visit
1a4) to visit upon, punish
1a5) to pass in review, muster, number
1a6) to appoint, assign, lay upon as a charge, deposit
(Niphal): The Niphal is the passive verb tense of the Qal.
1b1) to be sought, be needed, be missed, be lacking
1b2) to be visited
1b3) to be visited upon
1b4) to be appointed
1b5) to be watched over
1e) (Hiphil): The Hiphil is the causative verb tense. Here, the person’s proactive action causes or produces results.
1e1) to set over, make overseer, appoint an overseer
1e2) to commit, entrust, commit for care, deposit
1f) (Hophal) The Holphal is the passive of the Hiphil
1f1) to be visited
1f2) to be deposited
1f3) to be made overseer, be entrusted
The most noteworthy connotations of “Pagad” are visitation, appointment or the laying of a charge, and rule, supervision, and management.
Did we catch what God calls this kid to do?
God bestows on this adolescent extraordinary authority to release visitations of God upon Israel and all nations. Of course, this can only be done prayerfully and by His rhema word.
What is God’s visitation? Google defines “a visit” as; “An act of going or coming to see a person or place socially, as a tourist, or for some other purpose”.
God’s visits are crammed with dynamic purposes.
Ge 21:1 And the LORD visited <06485> Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
1Sa 2:21 And the LORD visited <06485> Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
His visits to Sarah and Hannah fathered the births of Abraham and Samuel.
Ge 50:24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely <06485> visit <06485> you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
God’s visit to the Jews by Moses released a swarm of judgments which the Pharaoh succumbed to.
So God, confers to Jeremiah the juvenile the right to release His visits not only upon Israel, but upon all worldly nations and kingdoms.
Ge 39:4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer <06485> over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
1Ki 11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler <06485> over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
2Ki 12:11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight <06485> <06485> of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD,
The second nuance in Paqad is ability to rule, oversee, care for, supervise and manage.
The Pharaoh gives Joseph right as overseer and manager ( Paqad ) of much of Egypt.
Solomon makes Jeroboam supervisor ( Paqad) of the house of Joseph.
Jeremiah is made a custodian to oversee, supervise, rule and manage nations all by prayer, the rhema word and obedience.
Through intercession, Jeremiah manages the rooting out, and the pulling down, and destroying, and throwing down, building, and planting, which the Lord implements by His visitations.
My Lord Jesus, how awesome is this? Do we think that God stopped short with youthful Jeremiah and forgot us. Are we chopped liver? I think not.
Prayerfully ask God how and where He wants you to release His loving but righteous visitations. Remember, all which God does, He does it in love and for the benefit of humanity, even when He chastises.