The Call and Important events in the life of Jeremiah
1. Jeremiah received his divine call as a youth during the thirteen year of King Josiah 627 B.C. He was appointed as "a prophet to the nations" by God. Though he was a youth, the Lord put his creativity and powerful word in Jeremiah’s mouth. The Lord commissioned Jeremiah with six key verbs. The six key verbs are “to uproot, and tear down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jer. 1:10). These specific words defined the call and the commission of Jeremiah.
2. During the reign of King Josiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah against the house of Israel and Judah. The message to the house of Israel: if ...view middle of the document...
After Jeremiah had prophesied disaster for Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, Pashhur the priest, chief officer in the temple, beat Jeremiah and put him in the stocks overnight. After he was released, he expresses grief over his office as a spoke man for God. The experiences are so troubling for Jeremiah, that he expresses regret at ever being born (Jer. 18-20).
5. After Jehoiakim and the nobles of Jerusalem were taken into exile, the Lord showed Jeremiah two baskets of figs in front of the temple. One was good and the other bad figs. The Lord said it will be better for those in the exile than those in Jerusalem. For after seventy years of captivity, God will look over them and bring them back to the land, He will build them up and not tear down, he will plant them and not uproot them. But like the bad figs so will Zedekiah and other survivors from Jerusalem be. They will be ridicule, destroyed and banish from the land (Jer. 24-25).
6. King Zedekiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in 597 BC after the first captivity of the people of Judah to Babylon. Early in Zedekiah’s reign 594 BC, Jeremiah put a yoke upon his neck and went around proclaiming that Judah should submit to the yoke of Babylonia. For it will be better to submit than to rebel (Jer. 27). Jeremiah also wrote a letter to the exiles in Babylonia advising them not to expect to return back to the land immediately (Jer. 29). They should settle there and do business as if they were on their home land.