Jeremiah 1-2; 15; 20; 26; 36-38

Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson should encourage us to remain faithful in times of opposition and adversity.

Jeremiah Is Called Of God To Be A Prophet

Introduction To Jeremiah

  1. Who was Jeremiah?
  2. Contemporary prophets:
  3. Brother Duane S. Crowther: "Jeremiah was probably a descendant of the priestly line, and his forefathers apparently were from Israel rather than Judah. Unlike Zephaniah, Jeremiah had no political connections and was not influential in the affairs of the royal court during Josiah's time. Like Zephaniah, Jeremiah was a young man in the days of Josiah. The recorded ministry of Jeremiah extended over fifty years and during the reign of five kings of Judah. Jeremiah was of an introspective and emotional temperment." (Prophets & Prophecies of The Old Testament, p437)

Jeremiah's Call

Jeremiah Faces Opposition

  1. Jeremiah preached to the people in an effort to turn them from idolatry and immorality.
  2. Jeremiah 2:13: "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
  3. These ancient Jews centered their lives on the wrong things and refused to change when called to repentance. As a consequence, Jeremiah's prophecies that the Babylonians would destroy Jerusalem were fulfilled.

Jeremiah Is Strengthened In Adversity

  1. Jeremiah 1:9: "Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."
  2. Jeremiah 15:16: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts."
  3. Jeremiah 20:9: "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."


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