What Did Yahuah Mean When He Said, “Before I  Formed You In The Womb, I Knew You,” in YirmeYAHU (Jeremiah) 1:5?

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What Did Yahuah Mean When He Said, “Before I  Formed You In The Womb, I Knew You,” in YirmeYAHU (Jeremiah) 1:5?

The calling of the prophet YirmeYahu included these life-altering words from Yahuah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

The Hebrew word translated “formed” in Jeremiah 1:5 is the same verb used in Genesis 2:7 as part of Yahuah’s creative act in forming Adam, the first human, from the dust of the ground. The term is typically used to describe a potter’s process of molding clay into unique and useful pottery, as in Jeremiah 18:2–4. A master potter knows the creation he plans to form before he sits at his wheel to work, just as Yahuah knew YirmeYahu before He ever started shaping him in His mother’s womb. Yahuah had set His sights on YirmeYahu with plans to create him uniquely to be a spokesperson for the Word of Yahuah.

The Hebrew verb translated “knew” in Jeremiah 1:5 means more than mere intellectual knowledge. It is used to describe the most intimate of relationships. Before YirmeYahu was conceived in his mother’s womb, Yahuah was thinking about him in the most profoundly personal way. Even before YirmeYahu’s conception and birth, Yahuah chose him to be set apart as a minister of Yahuah’s Word to the nations.

Prior to his birth, YirmeYahu had been “set apart,” which means he was “sanctified, made Kodesh (holy), consecrated.” This “setting apart” indicates the dedication of an object or individual to a specific use. In the Scripture, people or items “set apart” for use by Yahuah include the Sabbath day (Exodus 16:23; 20:8), the tabernacle and its furnishings (Exodus 29:44; 40:9), and the priests (Exodus 29:1; 30:30). Yahuah knew YirmeYahu intimately before conception. He placed His mark upon Him in the womb, reserving him for the specialized task of a prophet.

Yahuah also formed the prophet Yesha’Yahu (Isaiah) “in the womb to be his servant” (Isaiah 49:5). The psalmist acknowledged that “from birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my Elohim” (Psalm 22:10). And the apostle Paul testified that Yahuah “set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace” (Galatians 1:15).

As Yahuah set His sights on YirmeYahu, choosing him to be a prophet, so Paul taught that Elohim set His love upon us: “For those Elohim foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:29–30). Yahuah’s purpose in calling people to salvation is that they be conformed into the image of His Son (Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:49; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 3:2). As Yahuah said to YirmeYahu, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,” so He says to us today, “Whoever loves Yahuah is known by Yahuah” (1 Corinthians 8:3).

YirmeYahu heard Yahuah say, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,” as the prophet was receiving his call. At first, YirmeYahu responded with self-doubt. “O Sovereign Elohim,” YirmeYahu said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” (Jeremiah 1:6,). YirmeYahu felt inadequate, ineloquent, and too inexperienced to be Yahuah’s ambassador. But Yahuah reassured YirmeYahu, encouraging him simply to be faithful. “Do not be afraid,” declared Yahuah, “for I am with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:8).

Yahuah touched YirmeYahu, putting His words in his mouth (Jeremiah 1:9), and from then on the prophet never doubted the authenticity of his call. The experience changed YirmeYahu forever. Throughout his lifetime, YirmeYahu proclaimed the Word of Yahuah to Yahudah (Judah), and his ministry extended to the Gentile nations.

As believers, we can know that Yahuah is the master designer of our lives. He is the potter molding, shaping, and engineering the purpose and destiny of our story. We are all formed by His hand (Isaiah 64:8). Yahuah knew us intimately before He formed us in the womb. He chose us in Messiah. He will be with us always to fulfill His purpose through our lives: “For Yahuah saved us and called us to live a Set-Apart (holy) life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Messiah Yahusha” (2 Timothy 1:9; see also Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11).

Source:

https://www.gotquestions.org/before-I-formed-you-in-the-womb.html

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Gera'el Toma

A highly esteemed elder in the faith of the Natsarim, the first century believers in Messiah Yahusha, and a treasured member of the Remnant House Team.

Gera'el Toma (Gerald Thomas) is an internationally recognized and respected teacher of the Holy Scriptures as originally written in the Hebrew language.

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A highly esteemed elder in the faith of the Natsarim, the first century believers in Messiah Yahusha, and a treasured member of the Remnant House Team.

Gera'el Toma (Gerald Thomas) is an internationally recognized and respected teacher of the Holy Scriptures as originally written in the Hebrew language.

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