An excerpt from The Ministry of the Prophets: Jeremiah, by Brother C. C. Walker, page 6
It was a very remarkable thing for a young man to be told by God,
“You shall pluck up, break down, destroy and overthrow nations; and you shall build and plant (a nation)”.
There is a Latin proverb which being interpreted says,
“What one does by another one does oneself”.
And it is on this principle that the prophets are said to do these great works”. Moses “stretched out his rod “and the plagues of Egypt followed. He stretched out his rod again and the sea opened up a way for Israel. In a sense, Moses did it all; but ultimately God did it “by the hand of Moses”.
“I came to destroy the city” (Jerusalem) (Ezekiel 43:3),
referring to his previous vision of the Cherubim (chapter 9). Jeremiah buried his girdle by the Euphrates to signify the captivity in Babylon (chapter 13). He broke the bottle in Gehenna to signify the fate of Israel in “Hinnom’s vale of slaughter” (chapter 19). When Pashur the priest indignantly challenged this prophetic symbolism and put Jeremiah in the stocks, the prophet pronounced his doom.
But these things were very bitter to the servant of God, the great honour of the divine ambassadorship being offset by the sufferings encountered therein. And here lies the example of the prophets and of the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and the potency of his promise “to him that overcometh”.
“Ye shall have tribulation … (but) be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
“To him that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations” (Revelation 2:26).