Read 206.) Jeremiah 1:1 thru 3:5. Josiah rose to Judah’s throne about 640 BC. We just read Zephaniah, prophet to Judah about 630 BC. We now come to Israel’s second Major Writing Prophet, Jeremiah, who served the Lord to remnant Israel from about 627 BC, until 585 BC, some 40 years. Chapter 1 opens with our time clues, as he ministered from Josiah’s 13th year into Zedekiah’s 11th and final year. With this chapter, he tells us of his calling by God. Jeremiah is a youth and tries to beg off, much as Moses did, but the Lord would have none of it, and Jeremiah must say and do as God directs him; and promises to be with him to protect him. As we shall learn, he will be greatly in need of it!
Chapter 2 is Jeremiah’s first diatribe against his people right in Jerusalem, under Josiah’s rule. Beginning with verse 5, the Lord recounts thru Jeremiah some of the very promises and prophesies that comprise the outline of the Old Testament historical record. Verse 5, and many others afterward, speak to this current period of Israel’s unfaithfulness, which began at Judges 2:10. This is the 4th prophecy being fulfilled, as was first told to Moses in Deuteronomy 31:16. Verse 6 recalls their time of enslavement and deliverance. This had been told Abraham at the end of Genesis 15, and was fulfilled from Exodus 1:8 thru Joshua 5:12; and was the 2nd prophecy fulfilled. Verse 7 then relates to the time phase of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land, from Joshua 5:13 thru Judges 2:9. That was specifically the fulfillment of the 3rd of the promises and prophecies God gave unto the Patriarchs concerning Israel. Beginning in verse 7, to the chapter’s end, Jeremiah, by God’s Spirit, inveighs against Judah for her unfaithfulness, because in just 20 years more time, if she will not repent, God is going to finally commence to fill-full His prophecy to evict the remnant of Israel in Judah out of the Promised Land. Having 37 verses, chapter 2 is a rather lengthy indictment of Judah by Jeremiah about 627 BC.
With the first 5 verses of chapter 3, we learn that God had brought upon Judah that very thing He had said that He would, all the way back in their own Bible, with Deuteronomy 28:22, and many other places afterward; drought. This will be the first of many scathing rebukes Jeremiah will be ordered to proclaim to Judah. Though God tells them that He is disappointed and angry with His people, in the back of it all is His great love for them, and desire that they would turn to Him to be saved. But, they would not, and He must carry out all that he said that He would do to them for their complete and utter unfaithfulness to Him; like that of a wayward wife, who deserted her husband, to become a prostitute. But, this won’t be the end of God’s story; by no means! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell