What Does It Mean That Jeremiah Was a Prophet to the Nations?

In Jeremiah 1:5 God says that he appointed (נתן – gave) Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. But how can God say that Jeremiah is a prophet to the nations? After all, most of his book consists of prophecies — not to the nations — but rather to the nation of Judah. Evidence…

Did God Know Jeremiah Before He Was Born?

In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells Jeremiah that he knew (ידע – yadang) the soon-to-be prophet before he was even born! But what does that mean? You might think it’s an easy question to answer. Know means know. Right? Well, no. There are nuances to that Hebrew word. It can obviously refer to intellectual knowledge. But that word can also communicate volitional knowledge — in…

Why Does Jeremiah Mention Only Three Kings in Jeremiah 1:2-3?

We’ve already studied the kings who ruled during the ministry of the prophet Jeremiah. But if you read that post you may have noticed something. In fact, I stated it pretty clearly. In Jeremiah 1:2-3 there are only three kings listed — Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah. Even if we allow for Gedaliah, Ishmael, and Jehohanan…

Which Kings Reigned During Jeremiah’s Ministry?

Jeremiah 1:2-3 tells us the names of the kings who ruled during the time when Jeremiah was prophesying. They are: Josiah Jehoiakim Zedekiah So, let’s go through a chronology of the kings of Judah during this time period. First, Let’s Fill in the Blanks We’ve just noticed three kings mentioned so far in Jeremiah 1:2-3 – Josiah,…

What Do a Boiling Pot and a Northern Invasion Have in Common?

Jeremiah 1:11-12 records the first object lesson that God used to commission Jeremiah to go to his own people with his message of judgement. The second object lesson that God gave to Jeremiah has to do with a boiling pot and a northern invasion in Jeremiah 1:13-16. Here in this object lesson — just like in…

What Do an Almond Tree and a Watching God Have In Common?

In Jeremiah 1:4-10 we saw Jeremiah’s commissioning to the nations. But God’s not done with his commissioning of Jeremiah at that point. Because Jeremiah 1:11-16 seems to focus on Jeremiah’s ministry to his own people – the Jews. Jeremiah Commissioned to Judah God commissions Jeremiah to the people of Judah in the form of two object lessons.…

How Did God Respond to Jeremiah’s Doubts?

Jeremiah 1:7-10 relates God’s response to Jeremiah’s doubts regarding his call to be a prophet to the nations. It’s a threefold response. First, God assure Jeremiah that he will tell the prophet where to go and what to say. Second, God promises to deliver Jeremiah from all danger. And third, God reminds Jeremiah that he’s…