Jeremiah is the 24th book of the Bible and 2nd book of the Major Prophets. The 52 chapters of Jeremiah present a bleak and judgment filled promise for Israel, but also a glimmer of hope.
Jeremiah was a priest that God called to prophesize to the southern kingdom of Judah. Chapter one records the call of Jeremiah, and the majority of the book deals with his message of judgment coming from Babylon. Although Jeremiah was the prophet of God, preached the messages, and delivered the prophecies, a man by the name of Baruch actually penned everything down and collected everything into its literary structure (Jeremiah 36).
Jeremiah is a very sad book because it tells of a prophet who poured his life and heart into calling the people to repent of their idolatry and adultery against God. They refused to repent, and Jeremiah lived to see the judgment of Israel. Jeremiah was persecuted and rejected many times, and even after the judgment of Judah, he was maligned and disregarded.
The book of Jeremiah leads right into another one of Jeremiah’s works, Lamentation. Lamentation records Jeremiah’s broken heartedness of Israel’s refusal to repent and turn to the Lord.
There is a great warning in Jeremiah, Repent, for God’s judgment will come. It is also encouraging to read about Jeremiah’s personal struggles with the messages he was called to deliver. Jeremiah even got to the point he wanted to quit, but God reminded him of the great call upon his life.
This book will be an encouragement and help to you as you read its pages. Enjoy this book of prophecy which declares Israel’s failure, but also the future hope Israel has in Jesus Christ.