JEREMIAH

“And I for my part have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall, against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land.”  

Jeremiah 1:18

Jeremiah had a single resource, his mouth. His words were hammer strokes trying to pry open minds to turn them to God. His persistence in renewing an alliance with the one living God makes him a TRUE HERO!

The name Jeremiah means “May Jehovah exalt” in Hebrew.  He was born in the seventh century BC in Anathoth, not far from Jerusalem. He was twenty years old when the Lord called him to be his prophet. He had only one resource: his mouth.  For forty years he gave the high authorities the warning they hated to hear and of course refused to obey. He insisted on his message: Judah’s only hope rested in the renewal of the alliance with the living God.  His words were like hammer strokes trying to pry open their skulls.  Even though he sought to be quiet, he found that God’s word “inside him became a burning fire.” He prophesied the punishment of Jerusalem in the hands of a stubborn people and deaf ears.  Faithful under desperate and overwhelming circumstances of persecution, Jeremiah saw his people pass from prosperity under King Josiah to a condition of perversity under the rule of four impious kings who raised idols and persevered in leading the people astray.  He witnessed the Babylonian invasion in impotence, and finally the fulfillment of his prophesy: the fall of Jerusalem.  For his safety, Jeremiah’s sympathizers, by pleading with him, convinced the prophet to leave for Egypt.  He preached for some fifty years. He is identified with the book of the Old Testament that bears his name.

QUALITIES: Sensible, passionate, obedient, persistent.