I recently discovered the song “Zion” by Aaron Shust, about God’s promises to Israel. One of the Scripture references given in the official lyric video is Jeremiah 16:14-15.
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.Jeremiah 16:14-15 (KJV)
It’s the verse after those, though, that caught my attention.
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.Jeremiah 16:16 (KJV)
My brain immediately connected this verse to one (okay, technically two) others.
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.Matthew 4:18-19 (KJV)
“I will send fishers to gather My people,” God said in the Old Testament. Years later, in the New Testament, God-in-flesh called fishermen to be fishers of men–to lead others to become God’s people.
I don’t know if those verses are connected, if what happened in Matthew was what God was referring to in Jeremiah. But I do know that I’m sitting here crying because. . . oh, I don’t know. God’s showing Himself to me through His Word and these thoughts? God’s even more amazing and vast than I previously realized? I’m convicted about not knowing my Bible as well as I thought? I’m grateful there’s always something new to learn/realize about God and the Bible?
I don’t have much else to say about that, but I do want to ask if anybody has any ideas for a blog post (topic, verses, whatever). I had mentioned wanting to do one on eating/glorifying God in our eating/being temples of God/etc.; it’s, um, getting there, but I’d appreciate any thoughts you have about that topic! 😊 Have a good week, y’all! 😊