Psst… Wanna Know A Secret?

Psst… Wanna Know A Secret?

Pastor Don Carpenter

2021 Bible Reading Challenge

Have you heard the story about the pastor who had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc., but the kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.

That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke, the tree went “bong!” and the kitten instantly sailed through the air out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, “Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,” and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, “Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?”

She replied, “You won’t believe this,” and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, “Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She continued, “I watched my child go out into the back yard, get down on her knees to pray, and, really, Pastor, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, a kitten suddenly came flying out of the clear blue sky and landed right in front of her!”

The Prophet Jeremiah was under lock down. He knew the fall of Judah was imminent, yet God promised a restoration. In fact God had him buy land and record the transaction in faith that one day the land would be restored. It was in this dark and confusing time that God came with these wonderful words to Jeremiah: Psst… Wanna Know A Secret?

Call Unto Me

Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

 As elsewhere in this book, Call to me does not mean simply to call out or shout the Lord’s name; rather, the meaning is to call upon him for help (see 29:12). If this is not clear, translators can express it directly; for example, “Call my name asking for help” or “Call to me to help you.”

Newman, B. M., Jr., & Stine, P. C. (2003). A handbook on Jeremiah (p. 684). New York: United Bible Societies.

 Chapter 33 followed closely the message of chapter 32 as Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard (cf. 32:1–2). God again identified Himself to Jeremiah by stressing both His power and His character. He is the God who made the earth (cf. 32:17). By revealing to Jeremiah that the Lord (Yahweh) is His name, God emphasized His covenant-keeping faithfulness on behalf of His people (cf. 32:18; Ex. 3:13–15). Jeremiah did not understand how God could V 1, p 1175 restore a nation that was destined for doom (cf. Jer. 32:24–25), so God challenged the prophet to call to Him for understanding. God promised to answer by revealing great and unsearchable things.1

1 Charles H. Dyer, “Jeremiah,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1174–1175

Jeremiah 32:18 KJV

Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,

I Will Answer!

Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

In the Day of Trouble

Psalm 50:15 KJV

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalm 91:15 KJV

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

For Increased Intimacy with God

Psalm 145:18 KJV

The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, To all that call upon him in truth.

Isaiah 55:6 KJV

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, Call ye upon him while he is near:

God Already Heard You

Isaiah 65:24 KJV

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; And while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

I Will Reveal Secrets You Need to Know

Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

 God promised to answer by revealing great and unsearchable things. The word for “unsearchable” (be??rô?) means something that is made inaccessible by fortifying it or enclosing it. It is used to describe heavily fortified cities (cf. Num. 13:28; Deut. 3:5; 28:52; Ezek. 21:20). God’s plans for the future are inaccessible to ordinary people. Only God can unlock the secrets of the future, and He offered this knowledge to Jeremiah. God would share with Jeremiah “things” the prophet did not know or understand about Israel’s future.1

1 Charles H. Dyer, “Jeremiah,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1175.

 Presumably the people of Judah are invited to call upon Yahweh in this critical hour. He will answer and tell them of great things which are inaccessible to men. The context indicates that the inaccessible things concern the future, which was beyond their understanding at that time, but when the day came they would understand (cf. 30:24, etc.).1

1 J. A. Thompson, The Book of Jeremiah, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1980), 598.

 These “great things” are also described, uniquely, as “fortified.” While the fortifications of Jerusalem are about to fall at the hand of the Babylonian army, the “wall” around the unknown divine plan is opened for the benefit of Jeremiah and his audience.

Keown, G. L. (1998). Jeremiah 26–52 (Vol. 27, p. 170). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

If you, like Jeremiah, are reeling from disappointments and bad news, if you wonder what in the world God is up to, remember Our Covenant Keeping God has left us an invitation to enter boldly into the throne of Grace. Call upon God! He will answer! He will show you mighty, unsearchable things that you do not yet know.

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