The Call and Tasks of a Prophet: An Exegetical Analysis of Jeremiah 1:4-10

Julius Ndishua ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.8  No.2 February 2022 Issue  Article 5 pp.48-58
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2022825  |   Published online 28th February 2022.
© 2022 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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This article argues that the concept of a call to ministry may not be the same as the period of the Prophets. The issue of call to ministry remains a bone of contention among the Christian communities today. It is a bone of contention because people have different views on the issue of call. Some see the call to ministry from God’s perspective, while others see it from the perspective of human beings. The fundamental question is: what does it mean to have a call and task to ministry. This paper has examined the call and tasks of a prophet in Jeremiah 1:4-10. The approach for this study was exegetical. The findings reveal that the call and tasks of a prophet in Jeremiah 1:4-10 disclose the sovereignty of God in deciding the fate of a person before the foundation of the world. Thus, the call and tasks of Jeremiah were a completed action in the mind of God before the actualization of it in the future. This article posits that Christian scholars should educate the church that no two calls are the same in the Bible. Scholars should also dissuade the church from using people without a clear call to pastoral ministry.

Keywords: Call, Task, Prophet, Ministry, Church

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Rev. Julius Ndishua is an Ordained Minister at the Cameroon Baptist Convention, Cameroon. He holds a Master’s degree in Old Testament language and literature from the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary-Ogbomoso, Nigeria (NBTS). He is currently a PhD candidate in Old Testament language and literature in the same institution. He has research interests in style and code-switching in the Old Testament.

Ndishua, J. “The Call and Tasks of a Prophet: An Exegetical Analysis of Jeremiah 1:4-10,” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 8 no.2 (2022): 48-58.  https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2022825

© 2022 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).