Author: Ron Graham

History of Israel

Jeremiah’s Adventures
—And the persecutions he suffered

Time ~ 7. Exile and Scattering
Span ~ 200 years
Books ~ Jer, Lam, Eze, Dan, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Obadiah, [Joel]
Figures ~ Jeremiah, Daniel
Begins with ~ Wars upon Israel and Judah
Ascendant empire ~ Babylon

One of the great prophets of the time of exile was Jeremiah. This lesson is about him. After the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians, only a small remnant of Judah was left in the land. Jeremiah, like most of the prophets, was despised, ignored, persecuted, and abused.

1 Jeremiah Persecuted

By enduring this suffering and not giving up his ministry, he and the other prophets foreshadowed and shared in the sufferings of Christ of whom they spoke.

We too may have to undergo sufferings for the sake of Christ, and thus become partakers in his sufferings (1Peter 4:12-14, James 5:10, Acts 5:41).

The Bible story now turns to their disobedience and punishment. Jeremiah takes up the narrative in chapter 32 of his book. In chapter 35 he takes the story back ten years to what happened before and during the fall of Jerusalem. He then continues the story of those left in Judah after all the others been led captive to Babylon.

2 Bible Summary (Jeremiah 32-52)

For chapters 1-31 see the previous lesson

A new narrative begins, starting from Jehoiakim's reign.

The record of events ends here. The final chapters include...

The next book is Jeremiah's lament poems about Jerusalem.

3 A Few Facts About Jeremiah

4 Jeremiah, Another Despised Prophet

Like most of the prophets, Jeremiah was despised and abused. Time and again it is said, "They will not listen!" (Jeremiah 7:27, Jeremiah 13:10, Jeremiah 17:23, Jeremiah 18:12, Jeremiah 19:15).

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