The Call and Important Events in the Life of Jeremiah

The Call and Important events in the life of Jeremiah

1. Jeremiah received his divine call as a youth during the thirteen year of King Josiah 627 B.C.   He was appointed as "a prophet to the nations" by God.   Though he was a youth, the Lord put his creativity and powerful word in Jeremiah’s mouth. The Lord commissioned Jeremiah with six key verbs. The six key verbs are “to uproot, and tear down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jer. 1:10). These specific words defined the call and the commission of Jeremiah.

2. During the reign of King Josiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah against the house of Israel and Judah. The message to the house of Israel: if faithless Israel (Northern Kingdom) returns to the Lord and forsake their idols, he will bring them back to the land from their captivity in Assyria. The message to the house of Judah was a warning message concerning their evil practices and the coming disaster from the North (Jer. 3). Jeremiah proclaimed the message recorded in Jer.11:1-8 (obeying the covenant) and 17:19-27 (keeping the Sabbath) during the Josiah’s reformation movement from 622-609 B.C.

3. Jehoaikim was made king by King Neco of Egypt in 609 BC. In 605 BC the first year of Nebuchadnezzar and the fourth year of king Jehoaikim, Jeremiah prophesied about the seventy years of Judah’s captivity in Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Jer. 25). Baruch wrote down in a scroll the word of the Lord Jeremiah dictated to him. When the scroll was being read to Jehoaikim, the king destroyed the scroll (Jer. 36). Jeremiah also prophesied the captivity and the horrible death of Jehoaikim by Nebuchadnezzar because of his wickedness (Jer.22: 13-27).

4. During the reign of Jehoaikim and Pashhur the priest, the Lord told Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and he spoke to him about the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah because of the sin of the people. After Jeremiah had prophesied disaster for Jerusalem and the...