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“Jeremiah began his ministry in the 13th year of Josiah, about 60 years after Isaiah’s death. Zephaniah and Habakkuk were contemporaries of his earlier ministry; Daniel of his later. After the death of Josiah, the kingdom of Judah hastened to its end in the Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah remained in the land ministering to the poor Remnant (2 Kings 24:14, “And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.”) until they went into Egypt, whither he followed them, and where he died, early in the 70 year’s captivity. Jeremiah, prophesying before and during the exile of Judah, connects the pre-exile prophets with Ezekiel and Daniel, prophets of the exile.

Jeremiah’s vision includes: the Babylonian captivity; the return after 70 years; the world-wide dispersion; the final regathering; the kingdom-age; the day of judgment on the Gentile powers, and the Remnant.” — Scofield.

Jeremiah Contains the Biography and Message of “The Weeping Prophet.”

Main Themes: The Backsliding, Bondage, and Restoration of the Jews.

The Life of Jeremiah:

1) Family, Jeremiah 1:1.

2) Birth and Divine choice as a Prophet, Jeremiah 1:5.

3) Youthful Call; —in the days of King Josiah, Jeremiah 1:2-6.

4) Divine Endowment, Jeremiah 1:9.

5) Commission, Jeremiah 1:10.

6) Promise of Divine Presence, Jeremiah 1:19.

7) Pressure of Duty upon, Jeremiah 20:9.

8) Sustained by the Word of God, Jeremiah 15:16.

9) Persecution of, predicted, Jeremiah 1:19.

a. Put in the Stocks, Jeremiah 20:2.

b. Put in a miry Dungeon, Jeremiah 38:6.

c. Carried into Egypt, Jeremiah 43:5-7.

A Brief Summary of the Book:

1) Call of the prophet, Jeremiah 1:1.

2) Rebukes, Warnings, and Promises to the Jews, Jeremiah 2:1-20:18.

3) A Denunciation of rulers, and also of False Shepherds and Prophets, Jeremiah 21:1-23:40.

4) Predictions of Divine Judgments, the Overthrow of Jerusalem, and the Seventy Years captivity, Jeremiah 25:1-29:32.

5) Promises of the Restoration of the Jews, Jeremiah 30:1-33:26.

6) Prophecies occasioned by the sins of Jehoiakim and Zedekiah, Jeremiah 34:1-39:18.

7) The wretched condition of the Remnant left in Judah, and Prophecies uttered to them, Jeremiah 40:1-44:30.

8) Consolation to Baruch, Jeremiah 45.

9) Prophecies concerning the Hostile Nations, Jeremiah 46:1–51:64.

The Message:

1) Some High Spots In:

a. The fountain and cistern Jeremiah 2:13.

b. The ineradicable stain of sin, Jeremiah 2:22.

c. The search for a man, Jeremiah 5:1.

d. The old ways, best, Jeremiah 6:16.

e. The lost opportunity, Jeremiah 8:20.

f. The tearful call to repentance, Jeremiah 9:1.

g. The depravity of the human heart, Jeremiah 17:9.

h. The clay and the potter, Jeremiah 18.

i. The false Shepherds, Jeremiah 23.

j. How to find God, Jeremiah 29:13.

k. The new covenant, Jeremiah 31:31-34.

l. The mutilation of God’s Word, Jeremiah 36:21-24.

2) Rejected

a. By his neighbors, Jeremiah 11:19-21.

b. By his own family, Jeremiah 12:6.

c. By the priests and prophets, Jeremiah 20:1-2.

d. By his friends, Jeremiah 20:10.

e. By all the people, Jeremiah 26:8.

f. By the King, Jeremiah 36:23.

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