Week 31   Day 1


Jeremiah's ministry spanned the final years

of the kingdom of Judah

            the overthrow of their government  

            and the deportation of most of the people  


The armies of Babylon were their conquerors 

The cities of Babylon were their destination 


Prior to the fall of Jerusalem

Jeremiah warned

            of the coming hardship

            and destruction

and preached repentance

            as a last hope

            to avert the disaster 


During the fall

and the period of captivity

            he preached grace. . . . healing . . . . restoration



Jeremiah was

            born a priest 

            ordained a prophet 

            rejected by his people 

            hated for what he said 

            wanting to resign but couldn't

            put into a muddy cistern 

            rescued from death

            imprisoned in the king's courtyard    

            a master at "Thus says the Lord . . ."


After the overthrow of the government

            he stayed on in Jerusalem

            with the poor

            instead of being sent to Babylon 

He must have appeared valueless 


From there he wrote letters of encouragement to the exiles.




                                            ONLY A KID
              He had a message nobody wanted to hear.
                                         Jeremiah 1 & 5


     1The words of Jeremiah, 2to whom the word of the Lord

came in the days of Josiah, king of Judah.  3 It came also in the

days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, until the end of the eleventh

year of Zedekiah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive.

     4The word of the Lord came to me, saying:

5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations."

6Then I said:  "Ah, Lord God!   I cannot speak, for I am a youth."

7But the Lord said to me:  "Do not say, 'I am a youth,'

You shall go to all to whom I send you,

And whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you."

    9Then the Lord touched my mouth, and said to me:

"Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

10See, I have this day set you over the nations,

To root out, pull down and destroy, to build and to plant. 

For the house of Israel and the house of Judah
Have dealt very treacherously with Me," says the Lord.

     12They have lied about the Lord, and said, "It is not He.

Neither will evil come, nor shall we see sword or famine.

13And the prophets become wind, for the word is not in them."

     14Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:

"Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire,

And this people wood, and it shall devour them.

15 I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel.

It is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation,

A nation whose language you do not know,

Nor can you understand what they say.

16Their quiver is like an open tomb; they are all mighty men.

17They shall eat up your harvest and your bread,

Which your sons and daughters should eat.

They shall eat up your flocks and herds, your vines and fig trees;

They shall destroy your fortified cities with the sword.

    18"Nevertheless in those days," says the Lord, "I will not

make a complete end of you.  19 It will be when you say,

'Why does our God do all these things to us?' then you shall

answer them, 'Just as you have forsaken Me and served
gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land
that is
not yours.'"
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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