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Skrevet af Jørn Nielsen   
Lørdag, 20. juni 2020 10:14

Baruch was Jeremiah´s close co-worker.  He did what was also the calling of Timothy, namely “not to be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord nor of me his prisoner” (2 Tim. 1:8) – meaning suffering and shame.

But Baruch got disillusioned one time assaulted by thoughts like, “What´s the use of all this?  There are greater things to seek!  Be a winner, not a loser like Jeremiah! Being a prophet doesn´t necessarily mean being a fool.    Join the streamlined prophets of Israel, seek greater things!”

However, here it comes,  “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel concerning you, Baruch… “Do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not…!”  The he understood was really worthwhile to seek!

Those words actually helped Charles Spurgeon once as a young preachers a young preacher he was tempted to seek a higher theological education.  He was about to present himself for a certain renowned faculty, when the Lord stopped him or arrested him by those words from the book of Jeremiah.  And the Lord was pleased to educate him otherwise.

I assume that a lot of things were said concerning Baruch and his humble job which didn´t amount to much by human standards.  It´s thrilling to read then what the Lord said concerning Baruch  (The word “concerning” is used in the NEB translation and the Danish rendering). What the Lord said concerning Baruch, was something different of what the world said.

Oh, let that message be applicable to us also as it was to Spurgeon and to many other servants of God disdained by the world.  You may very well have a similar story to tell?

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