Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet
An introduction to the Book of Jeremiah
Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • November 18, In the year of our Lord Christ, 2018
- Bernard C. Clausen in Pen-Portraits of the Prophets called Jeremiah: The Preacher Who Buried His Clothes.
- Four other Old Testament Books reference Jeremiah.
- The New Testament quotes him often,
- although only Matthew names him.
- For example, the Book of Hebrews
- quotes Jeremiah 31.31–34 or a part of it twice, but
- the writer does not name Jeremiah.
- He preached for about 40 years, during the reigns of 5 kings of Judah:
- Jehoiakim, son of Josiah
- Jehoiachin, son of Jehoiakim
- Zedekiah, son of Josiah
- We will note the dramatic illustrations that he used:
- 1.13–16 | A boiling pot being poured out from the north
- 13.1–11 | Buries a linen sash
- 18.1–10 | The potter and the clay
- Chap 24 | Good figs and bad figs
- Chap 28 | Yokes of wood vs yokes of iron
- Chap 35 | The Rechabites
- Jeremiah lived through some of Israel and Judah’s worse times.
- It was his generation that pushed the Lord to send the Babylonians.
- Jeremiah was not the only prophet in those days:
- Jeremiah and Habakkuk stayed in Jerusalem.
- Daniel and Ezekiel went to Babylon.
- What does Matthew 16.14 tell you about Jeremiah?
- Of all the prophets they could have named,
- the people compared Jesus to:
- John the Baptist, a contemporary whom everyone knew
- Elijah, the first of a line of prophets
- Jeremiah, one of the great writing prophets
- Johnny Ramsey once told me that he could tell whether a preacher has read the prophets or not.
- Remember what we have seen in Isaiah.
- Remember what you have read of the prophets so far and continue to read them.
- Ponder the preaching of Jeremiah as we survey his writings.
- Then you might see why Johnny Ramsey made that statement to me.
- Can you already tell from your reading of the prophets whether a preacher has read the prophets or not?
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