What would you do if you were commanded to continually repeat truth to the community that no one would agree or change?! Imagine if this were all you were going to do for your entire life! How would you handle the: message, people, your attitude, rejection, persecution…?! This happened to Jeremiah!!!
- Final days of southern kingdom (Northern; ‘Israel’ already in captivity)
- Judah is going into captivity by Babylon “my servant” (Jer. 27:6)
- Judgment will be horrific (Jer. 16:3-4)
- Nation made vows to the “queen of heaven” in the temple (Jer. 44:25)
- Jeremiah served under: Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jeroiachin, Zedekiah
- Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 586 BC
- Jeremiah’s writings were rewritten (1st burned)(Jer. 36:27-28)
- Name means “Exalted of Jehovah”
- Son of Hikiah (high priest) in the village Anathoth
- 17-20 years old when God called Him
- He resisted the call saying he was only a child (Jer. 1:6-9)
- 1st assignment to bring courage and hope to exiles of Israel
- “The weeping prophet”
- God forbade marriage or children (Jer. 16:2)
- Preached for 40 years with NO success
- He doubted his success and God ( 15:16-18)
- God’s response…repent and serve (Jer. 15:19)
- He authored Jeremiah, Lamentations and Kings (tradition)
- His family tried to kill him (Jer. 11:21-23)
- He was beaten by a priest official from Jerusalem (Jer. 20:1-2)
- False prophets prophesied peace opposing his message (Jer. 28:15-17)
- He was thrown in a well after being accused of treason (Jer. 38:6)
- He lived through the destruction of Jerusalem (Jer. 39:14)
- He ended up in Egypt after the remnant rejected God’s prophecy (Jer. 44:14)
- Believers experience rejection, depression, and discouragement (Gal. 5:17)
- God is faithful even when we aren’t (2 Tim. 2:13)
- God’s message causes anguish & being despise (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Tim. 4:3-5)
- Relationship with God not religion survives crisis (Ps. 33:12)
- God “fortifies” His children to stand against opposition (Jer. 1:18-19)
- Like refuse silver, God refused false worship (Jer. 6:27-30)
- Prayers for faithless/rebellious are futile; God will not listen (Jer. 11:14-17)
- Sin mars worship like etching on a heart/horns of an altar (Jer. 17:1; Ex. 27:2)
Verses for Jeremiah – Standing Alone
Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.
For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have done what you said you would do when you promised, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’ “Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!
After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up.
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.
“You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.”
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails.
Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.
Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of Anathoth who are threatening to kill you, saying, “Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord or you will die by our hands”— therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.”
When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord’s temple.
Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’” In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.
So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.
sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.
None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
2 Timothy 2:13
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
2 Timothy 4:3-5
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.
Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
“I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways. They are all hardened rebels, going about to slander. They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly. The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out. They are called rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them.”
“Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress. “What is my beloved doing in my temple as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes? Can consecrated meat avert your punishment? When you engage in your wickedness, then you rejoice.” The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire, and its branches will be broken. The Lord Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused my anger by burning incense to Baal.
“Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.
Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.