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The Division of the Book of Jeremiah
- The Call of the Prophet
- Prophecies against Judah and Jerusalem
- Prophecies against the Gentiles
What is different about Jeremiah compared to other prophets?
We know more about the life of Jeremiah than about that of any other prophets.
What was Jeremiah's unpleasant task?
predicting the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple
What were the two major evils in the days of Jeremiah against which he preached?
What was the suffering of the prophets, especially Jeremiah?
- He was sanctified and called to be a prophet while he was still in his mother's womb.
- Jeremiah was lonely, disliked, and unmarried.
When did God solemnly call Jeremiah to his prophetial mission?
in the 13th year of the reign of Josiah (627 BC)
How long did Jeremiah exercise his prophetic office?
45 years (627-582), the biblical record for length of prophetic activity
What was the main message of Jeremiah?
He encouraged the people to a life or repentance and threatened them with divine punishment for the violation of the Covenant.
What persecutions did Jeremiah have to endure?
- threat with death
- being thrown into a well and a miry cistern
When was Jeremiah freed from prison?
After Jerusalem was complete destroyed in 586. He was freed by the Babylonian general and allowed to stay in the land.
How does Jeremiah like his vocation?
He doesn't find joy in his role as a prophet. He grieves over the destruction of his people that he is set to announce.
What was the message of Jeremiah's Temple Sermon?
The presence of the Lord in his Temple is real, but conditional. He will NOT remain if the people continue to practice injustice and oppression and to worship false gods. Instead, God will destroy the Temple because of the people's idolatry and hypocrisy.
What was the result of Jeremiah's Temple Sermon?
He was put on trial. The princes and the crowds were convinced that he was a prophet and should be spared, while the priests and prophets wanted him executed.
What were Jeremiah's Confessions?
This refers to several passages in which the prophet expresses trust in God along with a total sense of abandonment and even despair. These personal testimonies of Jeremiah's inner struggles are unique among the books of the OT.
Who, according to Jeremiah, will be the recipients of the hope and prophecy of restoration?
the remnant from the exiles in Babylon; not those left in the land of Judah and those who subsequently fled to Egypt