Jeremiah announces that God will judge Israel’s sins with an exile to Babylon.
The book of Jeremiah shows a graphic but important picture of how disobedience leads to destruction. Jeremiah, himself, lives through the horror of his predictions when Israel refuses to repent.
Jerusalem will fall
The people of Israel repeatedly refused to listen to God's instructions and followed too many evil desires to count. Yet, even though they had broken the terms of their covenant with God, he was still willing to bless them if they repented.
Justice can only allow evil to go so far. In one final act, God chooses Jeremiah to give Israel's southern kingdom of Judah one more chance: turn from their wicked ways or be exiled to Babylon. Unfortunately the people do not repent, and they are exiled.
Prophet to All Nations
After centuries of dealing with rebellion, God appoints Jeremiah to prophesy judgment, salvation, and his coming servant to Judah, the surrounding nations, and the world.
Jeremiah speaks out against the idolatry, adultery, and child sacrifices that run rampant in Jerusalem. The Jewish people plot to kill him, but God keeps him safe.
Judgment, War, Exile
Judah faces the consequences of their actions and experiences war, famine, and exile by Babylon. Jerusalem and God’s temple are destroyed, and Jeremiah sees his prophecies fulfilled.
Babylon Brought Low
Though God uses Babylon to judge the nations, they too will be judged for their own wickedness. This prophecy comes to pass when Persia destroys Babylon.
Hope and a Future
Jerusalem is demolished, but David’s line is preserved. King Jehoiachin is allowed to eat with the Babylonian king, and hope shines for Israel in the darkness of Babylon.
Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard
This week, we dive into the book of Jeremiah and his message of judgment against Judah. There is no better place to go than Jeremiah’s famous temple sermon in chapter 7....