Summary: Part of Jeremiah's First Sermon. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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• Picture 1: A plundered slave (vs 14-19).

• Picture 2: A Stubborn Animal (vs 20).

• Picture 3: A degenerate vine (vs 21).



• If you want to embarrass a preacher:

• Just ask him how the first sermon he ever preached went.

• Most of can remember it well, because it was not a very enjoyable experience!!!

• Often during a preachers first sermon he is very, very nervous.

• Often you get very tongue-tied.

• And when you allow your nerves to kick in;

• It is easy to feel like you are the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time!


• You may have heard of the expression ‘Spoonerism’.

• You will find it in the dictionary.

• A ‘spoonerism’ is an error in speech or deliberate play on words;

• In which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched.

• It is named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930),

• Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this tendency.

• Poor old Spooner had a dreadful habit;

• Of confusing his message in the process of giving it:


• At a wedding he told the groom, 'It is kistomary to cuss the bride.'

• Calling on the dean of Christ Church he asked the secretary; 'Is the bean dizzy?"


• Giving the eulogy at a clergyman's funeral, he praised his departed colleague as;

• “A shoving leopard to his flock.”

(e.g.). In a sermon he warned his congregation

• “There is no peace in a home where a dinner swells'.

• Meaning, of courses 'where a sinner dwells”'

(e.g.). Speaking to a group of farmers:

• Spooner intended to greet them as “Sons of toil,”

• But what came out was. "I see before me tons of soil.”

Well, any preacher will have empathy & understanding for the Reverend Spooner:

• And as Jeremiah was about to learn a she starts off his preaching ministry;

• Preaching is not as easy as it sometimes looks!


• Story told of a preacher who asked his wife:

• “Should I have put more fire into my sermon”,

• His wife replied: “No darling, you should have put more of your sermon in the fire”.


• Welsh Preacher worked himself into a frenzy while preaching on Psalm 42:

• “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul thirsts after you”.

• As he continued he cried out to the congregation:

• “Yes, brothers & sisters, it’s your pants that he wants!”

• (in the U.K. ‘pants’ is also a vernacular term for undergarments)


• We are breaking into the story of Jeremiah;

• As Jeremiah, the young inexperienced preacher is preaching his first sermon

• (The whole sermon starts at chapter 2 verse 1 and finishes at chapter 3 verse 5).

• Jeremiah’s sermon is not full of ‘spoonerisms’;

• But they were full courageous, compassion and conviction!

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