General vs Spceific

Jer 1:5 “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 “.

Clearly, this verse is referring to Jeremiah specifically. One of the struggles I’ve had when reading, is understanding what is general and what is specific. Within this verse, our good Lord clearly shows and reveals something of himself generally, and something specifically.

What is general?
1. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee – So it shows the omniscience characteristic of our God. Even before we were formed, God already know us.
2. before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee – this looks specific to Jeremiah, yet it could also point to a general sense that we who are in Christ, had already been chosen by God to be set apart to himself. The doctrine of presdestination and election.

What is specific?
1.  I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations – This looks specific to be to Jeremiah.
What confuses me is when people start to use this and similar verses to point that this verse is directly talking about us too. That we have been ordained by God to be a prophet to the nations. I felt this part of the verse referred specifically to Jeremiah only. How can I be ordained to be a prophet to the nations? The thee refers to Jeremiah! The prophet used here is “naw-bee'”, which means spokesman, speaker, prophet.
In Conclusion, I supposed this verse has 2 part general, and 1 part specific. Reading and understanding the bible is interesting. I hope to be trained and possibly improve by God’s grace.

James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

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~ by ymsim on 2011/01/29.

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