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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
of the coming hardship
and preached repentance
as a last hope
to avert the disaster
During the fall
and the period of captivity
he preached grace. . . . healing . . . . restoration
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 foreign 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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