Who Was Jeremiah in the Bible?
Jeremiah the prophet lived in the final days of the crumbling nation of Judah. He was, appropriately, the last prophet that God sent to preach to the southern kingdom, the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. God had repeatedly warned Israel to stop their idolatrous behavior. Then God sent Jeremiah to give rebellious Israel his final warning before He cast them out of the land, decimating the nation and sending them into captivity in the pagan kingdom of Babylon. But the people refuse to listen. Jeremiah, a faithful, God-fearing man, was called to tell Judah that, because of their unrepentant sin, their God had turned against them and was prepared to remove them from the land at the hands of a pagan king.
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Jeremiah was given the task of delivering an unpopular, convicting message to Judah, one that caused him great mental anguish, as well as making him despised in the eyes of his people. Despite the resulting tragedy of Babalonian exile for seventy years, hope persisted.
The Consequences of Rebellion The prophet Jeremiah announced that God would judge Israel’s sins with an exile to Babylon. And then he lived through the horror of his predictions. The book of Jeremiah shows a graphic but important picture of how disobedience leads to destruction.