A Walk Through the Book of Jeremiah​


Today I decided to start reading the Old Testament book of Jeremiah.  This book is 52 chapters long and I figure if I read 3 chapters a day that it will take me about 17-18 days.  Not too bad.

My purpose in sharing here is to just share what I see and ultimately make an outline for myself.  

This book intimidates me because it’s so long and Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet.  He was pretty young when God called him and he spent around 40 years declaring the words of the Lord to Israel in hopes of bringing the nation back to repentance.  

Jeremiah is believed to have never married and he was a priest.  In chapter one we see that the Lord chose him even before he was formed in the womb.  This reminds me of Psalm 139 when David wrote that God fearfully and wonderfully made him and knit him together in his mother’s womb.  That right there is our apologetic for being pro-life in all ways.  God created us all in our mother’s wombs.

I love how God also comforts Jeremiah by telling him to not be afraid of anyone and that He will rescue him.

God sees Jeremiah’s humanity and knows that he has feelings.  In fact, Jeremiah is believed to have been one of the most sensitive prophets that God called.

God gives him two visions right off and asks him what he sees.  Jeremiah responds and the story starts to unfold.

In chapter two  I see that  Israel’s sin was that they left their first love and that they stopped asking where the Lord was.  That made me ask myself, have I done that?   Do I stop asking God where He is in my life or do I turn to other gods like Israel did?

Just as unsettling chapter two says that the priests quit asking where is the Lord, and the experts in the law and the rulers and prophets despised God.  See v. 8

So when a nation and her leaders turn away from God and stop seeking Him and they turn to idols they make, we see the consequence of that.

Also throughout chapter two we see how much God loves Israel and how He reminds them of what He did for them.  

Then in chapter three we see how great Israel’s apostasy is but in the midst of it in verse 12 the Lord said to Jeremiah to say this…

Go, proclaim these words to the north, and say, “Return, unfaithful Israel. This is the Lord’s declaration. I will not look on you with anger, for I am unfailing in my love. This is the Lord’s declaration. I will not be angry forever. V. 13 – Only acknowledge your guilt, you have rebelled against the Lord your God. You have scattered your favors to strangers under every green tree and have not obeyed me. This is the Lord’s declaration.

The Lord goes on to say that He will heal their unfaithfulness if they return to Him.

So, I see God’s love in a deep way here.  He requires Israel and us to acknowledge and confess our sin and when we do, He accepts us back.  Even in our sin, He longs to have that relationship with us, but He will not let our sin go unpunished and so when Israel has decided to follow after other gods and prostitute herself, He allows the consequence of that sin to carry itself out.

Unlike gods made with our hands, the One true Living God cares.

There’s a lot to think about here and I’m excited to see what happens next!