The people of Israel repeatedly refused to listen to Yahweh’s commands, and they gave into the evils of earthly kingdoms. But even though they had broken the terms of their covenant with God, he promised to bless them if they repented.
Jeremiah offered this warning and path to restoration for Israel’s southern kingdom of Judah. But the people didn’t listen. God’s justice can only allow evil to go so far. And when the people still failed to turn back to Yahweh, they were exiled to Babylon.
The Consequences of Rebellion
The prophet Jeremiah announced that God would judge Israel’s sins with an exile to Babylon. And then he lived through the horror of his predictions. The book of Jeremiah shows a graphic but important picture of how disobedience leads to destruction.