What is the book of Jeremiah?


Jeremiah 1:1

ESV - 1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.

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Author: Jeremiah chapter 1, verse 1 identifies the Prophet Jeremiah as the author of the Book of Jeremiah.Date of Writing: The Book of Jeremiah was written between 630 and 580 B.C.Purpose of Writin...

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Mini John Appelt
Jeremiah presented the word of the Lord for about 45 years from the time of Josiah to Zedekiah and the captivity, Jeremiah 1:1-3. He was known as the weeping prophet, Jeremiah 13:17, 31:16-17. Lamentations, also written by Jeremiah, is his expression of sorrow and grief in acrostic form when Jerusalem was destroyed. 

One key to understanding the books of the prophets is to know the meaning of the name of the prophet. Jeremiah is said to mean, “The Lord (Yah) establishes.” 

Throughout the book, the theme of something being established is prevalent. “Kun,” a word meaning “establish” “be firm” “be ready” “set up” is found seven times in the book. Three of those times, the world/earth is established by His wisdom, Jeremiah 10:12, 33:2, 51:15. The other occasions of this word are in Jeremiah 10:23, 30:20, 46:14, 51:12. 

Jeremiah was established to be a prophet before he was born, Jeremiah 1:5-19, and was sent to prophecy, Jeremiah 19:14, 26:12, 15.

God determined judgment for the nation of Israel, Jeremiah 2-45, and for the neighbors of Israel, Jeremiah 46-51. Interspersed are reassurances of restoration.

Because Israel was backslidden and faithless, Jeremiah 3:6, 4:22, 7:24-26, 30-31, 8:5, she needed to be stabilized. Many times, commands are given to return, remember, and repent, Jeremiah 3:22. There are many references to restore, health and healing, Jeremiah 8:22, 30:17, plant and build, Jeremiah 31:28. 

The Lord determined the Babylonian captivity would be only seventy years, 25:1-38. God set up his servant Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah 25:9, 27:6-8, 43:10. Then the promise was firm that Israel would return from exile, Jeremiah 29:10-13, 30:1, 18-19, 33:10-11. 

The new covenant will be established, 31:31-34. God promised to raise a righteous Branch, Christ, who will reign as king, Jeremiah 23:5-6, and shepherds according to His heart, Jeremiah 3:15. God’s Word will stand even though it was not popular, Jeremiah 20:7-13, and despite Jehoiakim burning the scroll, Jeremiah 36:20-32. The prophecies of the future are certain, notably the Great Tribulation (“Jacob’s trouble”) and Millennium, Jeremiah 3:17, 30:7, 33:15-16.

Many things are “set” in the book, as these examples: 
trap/snare, Jeremiah 5:26, 50:24
standard/banner, Jeremiah 50:2, 51:12, 27
in battle array, Jeremiah 6:23, 50:14
defenses, Jeremiah 46:3
road markers, Jeremiah 31:21
watchmen, Jeremiah 6:27
shepherds, Jeremiah 23:4
abominations set up, Jeremiah 32:34
fire, Jeremiah 11:16, 32:29
face, Jeremiah 21:10, 44:11-12
people in a place, Jeremiah 1:10, 3:19
people free, Jeremiah 34:9-14
eyes, Jeremiah 24:6
hearts, Jeremiah 5:3, 15:7
hope, Jeremiah 14:22
way of life/death Jeremiah 21:8
law, Jeremiah 26:4, 44:10
throne, Jeremiah 1:15, 17:12, 43:10

God desires Israel to wholly trust in Him, Jeremiah 29:13, 33:3. God personally assured His people of His love, Jeremiah 31:3. Those who trust Him shall be rooted, nourished, and fruitful, Jeremiah 17:7-8. God guaranteed a continuing family to the faithful Rechabites, Jeremiah 35:1-19. Ebed-melech was rewarded protection when he rescued Jeremiah by faith, Jeremiah 38:7-12, 39:16-18, and Baruch was guaranteed safety, Jeremiah 45:1-5.

The message of Jeremiah’s name “the Lord establishes” permeates his book.

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