Jeremiah confronts many people with their sins: kings, false prophets, those at the temples, and those at the gates. A lack of response made Jeremiah wonder if he was doing any good at all. He often felt discouraged and sometimes bitter. To bring such gloomy messages to these people was a hard task. We too have a responsibility to bring this news to a fallen world: those who continue in their sinful ways are eternally doomed. Although we may feel discouraged at the lack of response, we must press on to tell others about the consequences of sin and the hope God offers. Those who tell people only what they want to hear are being unfaithful to God’s message.
Jeremiah was one of the most successful people in all of history. Success, as measured by God, involves obedience and faithfulness. Regardless of opposition and personal cost, Jeremiah courageously and faithfully proclaimed the word of God. He was obedient to his calling. Jeremiah’s book begins with his call to be a prophet.
The basic theme of Jeremiah’s message is simple: “Repent and turn to God, or he will punish.” But then, becasue the people rejected his warning, Jeremiah moved to predicting specifically the destruction of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah lived to see many of his prophecies come true – most notably the fall of Jerusalem. The fulfillment of this and other prophecies against foreign nations came as a result of sin. This who refuse to confess their sin bring judgment upon themselves.
As you read Jeremiah, feel with him as he agonizes over the message he must deliver, pray with him for those who refuse to respond to the truth, and watch his example of faith and courage. Then commit yourself to being successful in God’s eyes.
Determining the authorship of the book of Jeremiah is complicated by several factors: the variety of types of literature found in the book, the differences between the Hebrew and Greek versions of the book, and the difficult lives Jeremiah and his scribe Baruch lived. However, these complications described do not make it impossible for the contents of the book to be Jeremiah’s words, as the Bible says they are (Jeremiah 1:1).
It is impossible to know exactly when the book of Jeremiah reached its final form. Jeremiah certainly died within a decade or two of the last events recorded in the book, and the same is likely true of Baruch. Thus, the book was probably composed by 550 B. C.
To Whom Written:
Judah (the southern kingdom) and its capital city, Jerusalem.
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