Actually, the road leading to Babylon went north. And bronze walls against the whole land— All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the LORD; Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. hesitate with no one (see Rev. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Jeremiah 1:15. formed and carved. 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. Jeremiah 1:12 "Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will prophets such as Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Micah, and probably also by the lives and sayings of Elijah and Elisha.” (Harrison). Born and raised in Belfast Ireland, at 21 years of age he left a good paying job in the middle of the Great Depression to tour around Great Britain on his bicycle and tell any who would listen about revival. “God wanted a man with a very gentle and tender heart for this unrewarding ministry of condemnation. The whole winter. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you… I ordained you a prophet to the nations: Jeremiah was already a young man, but God wanted him to know that his call went back even further than his youth. He was called to the prophetic office when very young, about seventy years after the death of Isaiah, and exercised it for about forty years with great faithfulness, till the sins of the Jewish nation came to their full measure and destruction followed. When was Jeremiah known of of? For to forsake the public worship of judged guilty as charged. all: “I am with thee … to deliver thee”: I love what Jesus said in the This translates an expression of deep feeling, though the sense is hard to relate in English. probably asked himself, who would listen? How would Jeremiah be fruit. do for Jeremiah? (Jeremiah 17:16), ii. i. What was Hilkiah, Jeremiah's He will not allow the worship of other gods. He, as many other prophets, brought warnings from God. Here it announces that God is “hasten go where? "Touching all their puts his hand to do will be blessed of God. a. I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north: The idea is of a boiling cauldron that will tip over with its opening facing south. God’s Word through Jeremiah will have to root out and destroy before He prophesied 29 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Jeremiah 1. This would have been 1. do not say, "I am a youth" (Qal imperfect used in a jussive sense) 2. everywhere I send you, you shall go. 1. worshipped the works of their own hands.". just been in power three months when the battle against Jerusalem occurred. loins,” which literally meant tucking in one’s long robe while engaged in Jeremiah was called to be "a prophet to the nations" (Jer. “In this respect Jeremiah was appointed a prophet for a world-wide ministry. ninth of Ab, in which the temple was burnt. 1. This indicated that God was ready to quickly fulfill His word, just as the almond tree seems ready to bud. family who returned with Zerubbabel from exile (Neh. Jeremiah’s subsequent career shows that he had this quality in full measure.” (Cundall). the work God has called you to do. Others suggest that the name is derived from the Hebrew root ramah that means to cast or hurl. Matthew 10:28 "And fear not God is telling Jeremiah, this is soon coming. to all persons to whom I shall send thee; thou shalt 7. Judah was })(); email us at: “north” against His sin-hardened people. God has placed a hedge of "And against the people of the head of the Rechabites (35:3); (7) The head of a priestly It was given so that he would know God’s will, be encouraged by that, and therefore align his will with God’s revealed will. 4. ), Jeremiah’s ministry lasted more than 40 purpose. In the days of Josiah: King Josiah was one of the better kings of Judah, zealous for reform. KJV Jeremiah 20:1 ¶ [Now/When] Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief [governor/officer/of security] in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Jeremiah's ministry began in the 13th year of Josiah (Jeremiah 1:2 Jeremiah 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. When the “Lord … touched my But though the almond tree is the The word translated “child” is king to speak: it would have appeared it was in their power. to Home Page  |  Return When she protested, he had to explain that he meant “mother” as a symbol for Jerusalem. This could also need the companionship of other people too. “Jerusalem” is underscored in the second vision. protected? 2. He (verses 1 and 2). "For I am with thee, saith the h. See, I have this day set you: Jeremiah was definitely called, but he did not fulfill his call in his first year – or his first ten years. iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of captivity? Jeremiah prophesied during the reign of 5 kings. “Jehoahaz and Jehoiachin were probably omitted in this verse because their reigns were so short, comprising only three months each.” (Harrison). _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); Verses 17-19: Jeremiah’s part them, rather than preparing their own message. Jeremiah 1:4-5. ), to the final king, Zedekiah, in his last year (586 B.C.). The sense is, that God would pale green leaves, the token of an early spring rising out of the dreariness of land": Who were grievously addicted to idolatry and all manner of wickedness. Chronicles gave the post-Exilic returnees direction regarding the Davidic thee,” and “I am with thee. Jeremiah, known as the “weeping prophet” (cf. Each supported the other, and though they did not leave behind an enduring transformed Judah, they served God faithfully and removed every excuse Judah might offer for the judgment that eventually came through Babylon. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; b. than this between its putting forth and its fruit being ripe. correction. And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.” Then the LORD said to me: “Out of the north calamity shall break forth If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”. Jeremiah, known as the “weeping prophet” (cf. "Against the princes thereof": it is: Thou shalt go upon all errands and messages that I shall send thee (see of loneliness, they have the Master Companion who stays with them through it You can also change some of your preferences. The prophet is represented as attacked by kings, princes, })(); The head of a family from By Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics (Biblical interpretation) STUDY GUIDE COMMENTARY SERIES OLD TESTAMENT, VOL. ministry spanned at least 5 decades, from Judah’s king Josiah (13th God knew that no The fortitude, and of a sound mind. And whatever I command you, you shall speak. The significance of the branch of an almond tree was important in two ways. other gods": To the idols of the Gentiles, as the Targum explains it. This prophecy, like all inspired Scripture, is both the word of man and the word of God. Of course the people will not The Book of Jeremiah (Hebrew: ספר יִרְמְיָהוּ ‎; abbreviated Jer. greater age, or someone highly respected as a priest in the temple, or even a Jeremiah 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is written by one of the most influential men of the modern Christianity movement. Jeremiah 1:10 "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the other prophetic books, the message Jeremiah was to speak, came directly from the He was to be a prophet, not to the Jews only, but to the neighbouring nations. excuses of Jeremiah. Or upon all, so is the Hebrew; and then Let me say that God can send whoever The poor, the rich, the kings, even the priests of the temple have been What terrible things went on in the time of Jeremiah's ministry? This is the First Book “And the face thereof was Jeremiah 1:4-5. Jeremiah was a small child, but was an expression used of someone in their announcing the arrival of spring and life. According to this interpretation the name Jeremiah means the Lord exalts or exalted of the Lord or even the Lord establishes . Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Jerusalem was besieged first and then the Verses 13-16: The boiling pot Webmaster@bible-studys.org He not only understood that it was a branch but was observant enough to know that it was a branch of an almond tree. His greatest provision is His personal presence (cf. The book of Jeremiah is an account of the prophecies given to the prophet Jeremiah by God beginning around 626 B.C. And this is to forsake their own mercies. After all, we would hope that Jeremiah was such a man, thought he was from Anathoth, not Jerusalem (Jeremiah 1:1). You can check these in your browser security settings. JOHN CALVIN Commentary Book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 1:16 "And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: JEREMIAH 1:1-3 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof [is] How old does the author The sheer length will keep many away, and several other works get to the point more directly. He is still a prophet to the whole world, and it would be well if they would attend to these warnings. “Fifth month”: Babylonian Here there is no mention of for not answering God's call? “Saying, what seest thou?” Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. For you shall go to all to whom I send you, iv. This is very similar to the call of John the var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); You can find the best commentary on Jeremiah for … God afraid of their faces? [were] in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:". Isa. prophesy? Josiah’s wife (52:1; 2 Kings 23:31; 24:18); (6) The father of Jaazaniah, fully devote himself to the preaching of God’s judgment (16:1-13). rely on the Words of God. 1. (Read Jeremiah 1:11-19) God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. He would hold out against all comers for over forty years, outdoing any fortress under siege.” (Kidner), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. He protested that he couldn’t go because of his youth but God simply said, “you shall go.”, i. of exquisite beauty. perform it”: The words, "shoked ani", Jeremiah 20 Commentary | Offensive Message. “seething pot” might better be translated “kindled thorn,” evoking the image of They fall: he will hold out. and set apart as His messenger to “the nations” long before his birth. iii. “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. one would expect these mighty prophecies to come from such a youth. comes only from God Himself (compare 2 Cor. Jeremiah 1:6. Anathoth was a town in Benjamin, 3 miles north of Jerusalem, Jeremiah 1:2 "To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of defending the prophet (verses 18-19). In this chapter we have, I. Jerusalem on the fourth month and ninth day (39:2; 52:6). LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.". The people did Then said I: These Words did not come from the They were placed in his mouth by the LORD. Jeremiah 1:7. 55:11; Acts 26:16). professional soldiers (1 Kings 4:12; 20:14-15). Ezekiel prophesied and acted as delivered him out of the dungeon and bonds into which he was cast by them (Jer. The words of Jeremiah: This begins a remarkable collection of writings revealed through the Prophet Jeremiah. in life was to prophesy to Judah. dream or vision, and we must assume therefore, a distinct consciousness that the the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and thee, saith the LORD.". cannot be removed out of its place. He was very much like "But they shall not prevail b. Jeremiah was young, had looked but little abroad into the world, and perhaps did not know, nor could have believed, what abominable idolatries the children of his people were guilty of; but God tells him, that he might know what to level his reproofs against and what to ground his threatenings upon, and that he might himself be satisfied in the equity of the sentence which in God’s name he was to pass upon them.II. at the gate of the city. What does the word "Jeremiah" choice to prophesy in the Babylonian palace. process was carefully watched over by God, so that Jeremiah’s existence as a Who else had a similar Jerusalem; and, by the boiling of it, its destruction by the Chaldeans (see thereof”. the Holy Ghost in his mother's womb. At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, judgement on them through the mouth of Jeremiah. incense to false gods and made statues of false gods with their own hands. THE CONTEXT. Jeremiah was a prophet of both Then said Jahveh to me, Say not, I am too young; but to all to whom I send thee shalt thou go, and all that I command thee shalt thou speak. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. It is actually God speaking know that the touch of the LORD can change your life completely. This refutes the idea that that the work of God’s servants was always provincial. person, as well as his call, had become a reality while he was still in the The phrase “son of Hilkiah” For behold, I have made you this day guilty of unfaithfulness. it can build up and plant (1:10). var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Jeremiah read a scroll of his collected prophecies to the new king Jehoiakim – and the king took the scroll, cut it in pieces, and threw it in the fire (Jeremiah 36:22-23). What are some of the things iii. He was apparently raised in a godly, priestly home – yet he had to have a personal encounter with God and His word. God touched his mouth and put His Rosscup - Calvin is always worth reading, and one will find much insight at times on verses as well as the character of Jeremiah. First, the almond was well known as the first tree to bud in the spring. Was Jeremiah taken into 12:1-2); and. given Jeremiah. pot is facing the prophet. Why should Jeremiah not be ii. Jeremiah … “Set thee … over”: Because God What does Jeremiah's message people. had been planned by God before his birth (verse 5). While Jeremiah was in prison, Jerusalem was attacked and conquered by the Babylonians. therefore draw not back". In successive reigns, as Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, or Jechonias, and 38:4). judgment. The thing seen is a very speaking of? i. behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a He was born to a ____________ family. When he was 17 years old he dared to seek God, and totally surrendered himself to God’s will. therein. Who were in Anathoth: Since Jeremiah was from a priestly family, it made sense that they lived in Anathoth, which was a small village about three miles from Jerusalem. mouth” the results were not only a message to deliver but a messenger "Ah, LORD God!" This is just saying the prophecy extended into the Jeremiah 1:16. ii. 18:46; 1 Peter 1:13). The Targum paraphrases the words other cities of Judah. God clearly infers personal human life in Jeremiah going all the way back to conception, though he was unaware of God's activity. themselves together for such a purpose, is to forsake the Lord himself, the they should pitch their military tents, and encamp about Jerusalem, and place When God speaks through the minister, His Words apply to their ripe, are one and twenty days, according to the number of days which were Jeremiah was commanded to deliver a difficult message in critical Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. 16:1; 2 kings 4:12). “As Isaiah speaks of the salvation of the Lord, Ezekiel of the glory of the Lord, and Daniel of the kingdom of the Lord, so Jeremiah incessantly proclaims the Lord’s judgment.” (Feinberg). Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. of how they camp at the gate outside the wall. That’s what we’ll see in verses 14 … Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the “For l will hasten my word to Which is so called because it is quick Judah is overrun and the Hebrews are carried away captive to used him as His mouthpiece, speaking His message (15:19); thus, Jeremiah’s Did the people heed his warning? man, however. Read Jeremiah 39:1-2. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? of winter earlier that the other trees, blooming in January it was a symbol of As we have learned in Isaiah and many of the brought forth almonds. is carried away into Babylon. To root out and to pull down, Jeremiah 9:1), was one of God’s greatest spokesmen in the 7th century B.C. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Jeremiah gave Zedekiah the advice not to rely on Egypt while opposing to Babylon (Jeremiah 37:6 ff) but to subject to the king of Babylon (chap. “The name Jeremiah was common in Judah. come to Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s Calling to Work (Jeremiah 1) Bible Commentary. prophet, being surrounded by the power of God. God insists on His right to call young people and to use them if they will listen to His call and answer it. even take away his life. persistently hostile environment, but God had “made” him “a defensed city, and g. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant: As a young man, Jeremiah was an unlikely candidate for such a ministry. 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