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Category: Jeremiah

Which Kings Reigned During Jeremiah’s Ministry?

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: JosiahJehoiakimZedekiah 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, Jehoiakim, and […]

How Does God End His Commissioning of Jeremiah?

How Does God End His Commissioning of Jeremiah

In light of God watching over his words of threatenings to perform them and in light of his promise to bring calamity from the north on his people in the form of a conquering kingdom  God tells Jeremiah to arise, speak, and not be terrified in Jeremiah 1:17. God Called Jeremiah to Action The Lord had […]

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

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?

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?

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 […]

How Did Jeremiah Respond to God’s Call?

How Did Jeremiah Respond to God’s Call

In Jeremiah 1:6 we see how Jeremiah responds to God’s call to be a prophet to the nations. I would label his response as age-based doubt. We Can Sympathize With Jeremiah’s Doubts Now, again if Jeremiah is about thirteen to sixteen years old – which I argue is likely the case – then this protest […]

Was Jeremiah a Prophet or a Priest?

Was Jeremiah a Prophet or a Priest

The answer to the question “was Jeremiah a prophet or a priest” is yes! Jeremiah was both a prophet and a priest. Jeremiah was a Prophet We tend to think of Jeremiah more for his prophecies – and we should. We know of Jeremiah primarily through his book of prophecies in the Old Testament. But even […]

Where Was Jeremiah Born?

Where Was Jeremiah Born

As Jeremiah 1:1 and Jeremiah 29:27 state, Jeremiah was born in the city of Anathoth. But how much do you know about that place? Let’s consider a few facts about Anathoth that might just surprise you. Anathoth’s Location Anathoth was a city in the territory of Benjamin. Anathoth’s Ownership Anathoth was a city originally given over […]

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