Understanding The Bible
E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
JEREMIAH: Introduction and Simple Outline
DATE: About a century after Isaiah, approximately 627-575 BC, during the reigns of the last five kings of Judah--Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin (Jeconiah or Coniah), and Zedekiah. After Jerusalem fell, Jeremiah ministered to the remnant in the land; then he went with them into Egypt when they ignored God's command through him that they should remain in the land.
CONTEMPORARIES: His contemporary prophets were Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Obadiah.
UNIQUENESS: Jeremiah is unique in that he was both a prophet and a priest. As prophet, he spoke out against their sin and assured them of dire judgment. But, as priest, his heart was broken as he pled with God for his dear people. The inner conflict must have been tremendous. He was torn between these two driving forces. Finally, God instructed him not to pray any more for this people, for judgment could not be avoided. No wonder he is called "The Weeping Prophet." As Ironside has well said:
"In every pang that rends the heart The Man of Sorrows had a part!"
Introduction: The Prophet's Call and Commission 1
DIVISION I. MESSAGES TO JUDAH 2-45
DIVISION II. MESSAGES TO GENTILE NATIONS 46-51
Appendix: Historical Conclusion 52
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