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Historically: Jeremiah is considered as a Major Prophet (also known as Weeping prophet). According to traditions he authored the Books: The Book of Jeremiah, 1 Kings, 2 Kings and the Book of Lamentations. Islam too accepts him a prophet. He had been quoted on New Testament too (Mathew 2:18, Mathew 16:14 and Mathew 27:10) too and according the disciples of Jesus, Even some people considered Jesus as Jeremiah (Mathew 16:14). Biblically: He was directed by our Lord to preach across the nation of Israel, warned people about the false prophets of his time, condemn Idolaters and wrote Oracles since our Lord touched his mouth (Jeremiah 1:6-9) and he spoke what our Lord wants him to speak, Just like God's month. Book of Lamentations let us know his burden for the nation. And he same thing leads to contradictions and aggressive plots to kill him. Personally: I was postponing reading the Book of Jeremiah for years due to its heaviness on the content. As an youth, I found it very hard to move after 2-3 chapters. At last I decided to read it during 2011, I kept The Bible Exposition commentary By Mr.Warren Wiersbe on side and I can't explain the burden I received in my soul while reading. I couldn't control my emotions thought the study, and at the end of reading the book, I felt a great pain in my heart. I strongly recommend reading Jeremiah with an open mind and I am sure you will understand, how his words are still valid and How it reflects in today’s world too. We have the same problem that he faced during his age. We will understand that, The issues for which Jeremiah raised his voice still exists - in fact, it a grownup 'worst' form. My elder kid's name is ‘Jeremy, and I am very happy that named him after this great prophet. Unarguably, Jeremiah is a great prophet and a man of God.
in my opinion he is one of the most powerful prophets because he had to go to the nations and tell them who God was and what God expected from all the people. He had to allow God to prepare him for the task as a child and we all know how he swept for the people. He was like a forerunner to prepare the people for God's wrath/judgement or his recompense. He had to trust God without fear of the people, much like us today we have to please God not man. Bless the Creator while loving the creators.
Jeremiah was an important prophet because he was 1 of the major prophets. That is, his book is longer than the minor prophets' books. He was important because his call antedated his birth (Jer. 1:5), and he was consecrated to God before his birth. He was distinguished by his humility and native modesty. He felt he was a child and not mature enough to function as a prophet. Scholars today say the Hebrew word describing his young age is more accurately translated "boy." In the context of Jeremiah's story, that would fit a child of about 12 or 13. Then he'd grow up to be a "Man of Inconsolable Grief." His sufferings contributed to this caricature. What sorrow and anguish were his (Lam. 1:12; 3:1). He was not permitted to marry (Jer. 16:2). Then we have his sad antagonisms (Jer. 1:18; 15:16, 17, 20; 20:1-18, especially Jr 20:9). Finally, tradition has it that he was stoned to death in Egypt by the Jews and that when Alexander entered Egypt he rescued his bones from obscurity and buried them in Alexandria. See Hebrews 11:37.
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