The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” – Jeremiah 1:11
Jeremiah is a new prophet – and a very “7 young” prophet too. Therefore, God is starting Jeremiah with Prophet School. The Lord is training him to see.
In today’s verse, God’s training of his prophet begins. The Lord says, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And when Jeremiah said, “I see a branch of an almond tree,” we ought to notice two things: First, it was a very simple vision. Second, it was very specific. It wasn’t just a branch; it was specifically an almond branch.
What did that mean?
- First, the word “almond” sounds much like the Hebrew word for “be watchful.”
- Second, the almond tree was generally the first tree to bud in the Spring.
- Thus, it is commonly believed that God’s first message to Jeremiah was “be watchful” because a new season of God speaking and fulfilling his Word is about to burst forth like Spring.
Now, “what did it mean?” is generally what we focus on when reading a prophecy. But I want to look somewhere else first. I want to look at how God was teaching Jeremiah – and maybe us – to see.
God calls prophets to speak. God calls us to speak too. He calls us to be “witnesses,” which calls us to find our spiritual voice.
So then, what must a prophet or witness do before speaking? We must first know what we’re talking about. In other words, before we declare God’s truths, we first must see … know … comprehend. We must seek first the kingdom of God and yearn to know his ways.
Jeremiah 1:11 was Prophet School. Our first calling is also to learn. To hunger for God’s Word. To seek after God’s ways. “Little child, what do you see?”
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who celebrates
that you’re reading
this today. It show
your hunger. So …
Little child, what
did you see?