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Jeremiah 1 [Read]
Jeremiah 2 [Read]
2 Thessalonians 2 [Read]
Jeremiah was called by the LORD during the reign of King Josiah (Jer 1:2), and he served as God’s prophet for over 40 years, witnessing the sieges and eventual downfall of Jerusalem in the hands of Babylonians (1:3). His ministry began during the initial stage of the revival brought upon by King Josiah, but it ended at the desolation of Jerusalem and the exile of Judah. Such dramatic experiences serve as the background for the “weeping prophet” of Israel, and it also explained the heavy tone of his message of condemnation. It is helpful to keep a few overall themes in mind when we read this long and weighty book of God’s prophecy.
First, God is sovereign. He is the Creator of the universe, and He uproots and tears down, destroys and overthrows, builds and plants, and all according to his will (1:10). He is the living God, the source of life-giving waters (2:13). He disciplines his people through the hands of other nations (1:15), but ultimately He will vindicate his people and bring them back. Recognition of such sovereignty of God will humble us, so that we may gain more insight from his prophet’s words.
Secondly, God’s servant will suffer. Jeremiah was God’s faithful servant, but he was also made to stand against the whole land (1:18). All will fight against him but will not prevail (1:19). Even with such assurance, it is still an extremely tough assignment which demands a clear calling to persevere. In spite of all the suffering and betrayal he experienced, Jeremiah could not restrain God’s word inside of him. “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot” (20:9). Such is the dilemma for those who genuinely want to serve the living God.
Finally, God’s people have hope. One of the major assignments God gave to Jeremiah is to declare that, by the sufferings and tribulations God imposed through other nations, the old covenant written on the tablets will be done away and the new covenant will be written on the heart of God’s people (31:31-34). Through these terrible ordeals God’s people will know him, and he will be their God and they will be his people (32:38). With these in mind, we may now journey into the rich prophecy of Jeremiah the weeping prophet.
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