Lord of the Nations

READ : Jeremiah 46–48 The prophets are very sure that God is not only the Lord of the individual but also of the nations. Here Jeremiah receives messages from God concerning the nations which surround Judah. The first message is about Egypt, the nation in whom Judah often put her trust, rather than trusting God. Egypt will be defeated by the Babylonians who will later invade their land. This event is seen as “the day of the Lord” (46:10), a …

Refusal to Repent

READ : Jeremiah 44-45 Jeremiah is with the remnant of Jews who fled to Egypt. God reminds them that their forefathers had continued in sin although he had sent one prophet after another to call them to repentance. Now that they are in Egypt they are continuing to worship idols, and therefore he will continue to punish them. The reply of both the men and the women is that they intend to continue in their idolatry no matter what the …

The Fall of Jerusalem

READ : Jeremiah 39-43 The day had come. Before this some Jews had been taken to Babylon. The Babylonian king had controlled Judah, but now the final blow was the destruction of Jerusalem. Zedekiah had his eyes put out and was taken to Babylon. Only the poor remained in the land, and with them Jeremiah. Jeremiah was treated well by the Babylonians. He could go to Babylon or stay anywhere in Judah he chose. He decided to stay with Gedaliah, …

Imprisoned for Faithfulness

READ : Jeremiah 36-38 Many people have been imprisoned because of their faithfulness to God. Some examples are John the Baptist, the apostle Paul, and John Bunyan. Jeremiah suffered a similar fate. Under house arrest, Jeremiah was commanded by God to write in a book all of his prophecies. Baruch, his secretary, read the book to the princes, who in turn told the king about it. King Jehoiakim had one of his underlings read it to him, and as he …

Keeping Promises

READ : Jeremiah 33-35 The siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians has begun. Through Jeremiah, God predicts the downfall of the city but also future restoration. He assures them that the promise of a king always sitting on the throne of David and an everlasting priest will be fulfilled. Jesus is the eternal king and priest ever ruling over and interceding for his people. The promise of eternal burnt offerings is not kept literally but in a more wonderful way …

Better Times Ahead

READ : Jeremiah 29-32 Jeremiah writes a letter containing God’s message to the exiles in Babylon. It instructs them to settle down to normal life with the promise that in 70 years the exiles will have opportunity to return. It assures them that God has a good plan for their future. Jeremiah is also instructed to write in a book the prediction that God will restore his people. There are to be better days ahead. They are not to be …