Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”Jeremiah lived about 100 years after Isaiah. Isaiah had saved Jerusalem from Assyria, Jeremiah tried to save it from Babylon, but failed.
Jeremiah was called to the prophetic office (626 BC), Jerusalem was partly destroyed (606 BC); further devastated (597 BC); finally burned and desolated (586 BC). Jeremiah lived through these terrible 40 years . . . a pathetic and lonely figure . . . crying that if (the people) would repent God would save them from Babylon.
For 300 years Assyria . . had ruled the world, but now was growing weak. Babylon . . was becoming powerful. Egypt, which 100 years before had been a world power, and had declined, was again becoming ambitious. Babylon won about the middle of Jeremiah’s ministry. It broke the power of Assyria (607 BC); and 2 years later crushed Egypt, in the battle of Carchemish (605 BC); and for 70 years ruled the world, the same 70 years as the Jew’s captivity. Jeremiah unceasingly advised Jerusalem to surrender to the king of Babylon, so much that his enemies accused him of being a traitor. Nebuchadnezzar rewarded him . . not only by sparing his life, but by offering him any honour he would accept(39:12).”
What does the text say? – The prophecies of Jeremiah, a priest of Anathoth in Benjamin, in the days of Josiah and his sons, Jehoiakim and following his reign, the 11 years of Zedekiah. When Jeremiah was only a youth the Lord told him He had known Jeremiah before he was born, and had set him apart and anointed him to be a prophet. The Lord told Jeremiah he must speak for Him wherever He sent him, he must not be afraid of the people for He would protect and deliver him. The Lord said He had appointed Jeremiah to stand against the nations to destroy and overthrow some and build and plant others. The Lord said calamity would come from the north, as He had planned. This was the Judgement of the Lord on His people for deserting Him and worshipping gods they had made. The Lord said Jeremiah must prepare for action as He had made him like a fortified city, an iron pillar and bronze wall against the whole land; the people would fight against him but they would fail for the Lord would deliver Jeremiah from them.
Application? – the Lord knew me before I was born - what task did He give me to do for Him? The Lord will protect and deliver me from those against me, when I say what He tells me to. Do I yield to temptation to disobey to Lord, or stand firm against it? Have I made anything into an idol and false god? Am I prepared for action? Do I go where the Lord sends me?