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 …

Wearing the Yoke

READ : Jeremiah 26-28 The priests and the prophets decide to kill Jeremiah, but the princes come to his aid. Not so fortunate was Uriah, another prophet with a message similar to that of Jeremiah. They killed him. One is reminded of the time just before the Reformation. Hus was burned at the stake, but Luther, proclaiming the same message, survived because the German princes protected him. Now Jeremiah is commanded once again to use visual aids. He wears a …

Good and Bad Shepherds

READ : Jeremiah 23-25 The Lord calls the religious and secular leaders of Judah “shepherds.” He condemns these shepherds for failing to care for the flock properly. He then promises to act as a shepherd himself and appoint new shepherds who will care for the sheep. Such language reminds us of Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd,” and the words of Jesus, “I am the good shepherd.” God promises he himself will be a shepherd, and this is fulfilled …