old testament


July 23. 2014

AUTHOR:      Jeremiah (1:1), with the assistance of Baruch, a scribe (36:4).

DATE:              Approximately 585 BC.

IN TEN WORDS OR LESS:  After years of sinful behavior, Judah will be punished.

DETAILS:  Called to the ministry as a boy (1:6), Jeremiah prophesies bad news to Judah: “Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord (5:15).” Jeremiah is mocked for his prophecies, occasionally beaten, and imprisoned in a muddy well (chapter 38).  However, his words come true with the Babylonian invasion of (chapter 52).

QUOTABLE:  Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel (18:6).

UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL:  The book of Jeremiah that we read is apparently an expanded, second version of a destroyed first draft. King Jehoiakim , angry with Jeremiah for his dire prophecies, cut the scroll with a penknife and “cast it into the fire that was on the hearth (36:23).” At God’s command, Jeremiah produced a second scroll with additional material (36:32).

SO WHAT:  Through Jeremiah, God gave Judah some forty years to repent. God “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).”