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I. INTRODUCTION Characterized by faithfulness and obedience in a time of weakness and confusion, Jeremiah spoke the final words of Jehovah in Jerusalem, where He had placed “the remembrance of His name”, before this city was destroyed. Soon afterward began “the times of the Gentiles,” a period which continues to the present and will last until Israel finally acknowledges its Messiah. Jeremiah was a weak and timid man, but God’s power worked in him. The tragedy of this prophet lay in his constant obligation to forewarn of judgment while his whole inner self recoiled from such a prospect. We see Jeremiah as a prophet with great confidence and faith in God. Even though his own family is against him, he still continued to preach and spread the word of God. He made many sacrifices without asking for something in return. Jeremiah is an admirable prophet, indeed. II. THE BOOK AS A WHOLE Division of the Book of Jeremiah Introduction: The Call of the Prophet (1, 1-19) The Book of Jeremiah is located in the section of your Bible referred to as the “Major Prophets,“ known for their larger portions of writings as compared to the “Minor Prophets,” or shorter writings. Jeremiah lived & prophesied during Judah’s midnight hour. He saw the nation pass from the prosperous conditions during the time of Josiah to a state of utter corruption under the last 4 kings of the Southern Kingdom (Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah). His mission was to testify to a sinful and stubborn people who were both misled and uninterested in returning to the ways of God Part I: Prophecies against Judah and Jerusalem (2, 1-45, 5) a. Exhortations and punitive discourses uttered against the impenitent nation during the days of Josiah and Jehoiakim (2, 1-20, 18) a. First discourse: the sinful and ungrateful nation (2, 1-3, 5) b. Second discourse: The future punishment and devastation of Judah by a nation out of the north because of idolatry and other sins (3, 6-6, 30) c. Third discourse: The threat of the exile in spite of their false trust in the temple, because of idolatry and other sins (7, 1-10, 25) d. Fourth discourse: The violation of the Covenant and the infidelity of the people; the symbolical prediction of exile (11, 1-13, 27) e. Fifth discourse: The futile request of the prophet during the time of great drought (14, 1-15, 21); the prophet’s life is a symbol of the destruction of the people (16, 1-17, 27) f. Sixth discourse: The devastation and exile depicted under the symbols of a pot and jug (18,1-20,18)
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b. Prophecies of different periods until the fall of Jerusalem (21, 1-39, 18). a. The divine punishment will be meted out of Zedekiah and other kings, the leaders, the people, and false prophets by the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar (21,1-29, 32) b. The future restoration of the people, the new eternal Covenant and messianic period (30, 1-33, 26) c. The violation of God’s law by Zedekiah and the people; the loyalty of the Rechabites (34, 1-35, 19)
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course CAS 90589 taught by Professor Prof.deleon during the Winter '10 term at University of the East, Manila.

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