Do Not Be Afraid

“Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: ‘Behold I have put My words in your mouth’” (Jeremiah 1:9)

One should take note that here the hand of God is sent to touch the prophet’s mouth. God put his “words in” Jeremiah’s mouth. 

Isaiah had a similar encounter with God, and yet, very different:  “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar and he touched my mouth with it and said, ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged’” (Isaiah 6:6, 7).

Being an older man Isaiah had admitted he was a man of unclean lips – having a lifetime of flaws, living in a generation of immorality. Therefore, the seraphim took the tongs and grabbed a searing hot coal from the altar and touched his mouth – thus purifying and forgiving his sin and releasing him from the guilt of his sin. This was a very powerful, life-changing moment.

Similarly, Jeremiah, though being a younger man, had experienced the hand of God, not to take away his sins, rather, to give him the ability to speak God’s word – also, a powerful, life-changing moment.

Likewise, Ezekiel swallowed a scroll that tasted like honey filling him with sacred mysteries and truths to empower him to speak to Israel (Ezekiel 3).

What is Necessary?

All three men had an encounter with God.  All three men had a life changing experience to the actual degree of their particular need. 

The older Isaiah needed forgiveness – which requires an intensity of burning transparency.

The younger Jeremiah needed courage – therefore, God revealed his “hand” to the prophet.  He saw something familiar that looked like a human hand – as a result Jeremiah would not retreat, and be frightened.  Instead, Jeremiah was empowered and he advanced the message of God.

Ezekiel, the mystical sage, ate the scroll of mysteries and truths.  The honeycombed scroll gave the prophet energy to proclaim deep, prophetic veracities to Israel.

Simply, God meets you where you are and gives you what is necessary – do not be afraid.