Jeremiah 1:17-19; 7:16, 11:11, 14
Unlike Samuel’s powerful preaching over 20 years that ignited spiritual renewal in Israel, the prophet Jeremiah found his nation immune to 40 years of his powerful preaching. Instead, under him Israel plunged into what America has become today—a nation subject to punishment by God-ordained afflictions.
Israel’s depravity reached such depths that God ordered Jeremiah to stop praying FOR the people. As in...“Don’t ask me to help them because I won’t. Don’t ask me to forgive them because I refuse. Don’t ask me to have compassion on them because they have crossed the line between my patience and my wrath.”
Jeremiah served as prophet from his youth and remained in Jerusalem until it fell in 586 B.C.—then unwillingly accompanied the remnant to Egypt. Ezekiel didn’t serve as prophet until a captive in Babylon. He had been carried off as a member of the upper class in the second deportation 597 B.C., eleven years before Jerusalem’s destruction. The first deportation occurred in 605 B.C., the third in 586 B.C.
In a point conveniently overlooked by our youth culture, young Jeremiah had no more success for God than the mature Jeremiah. Indeed, while aging never diminished his zeal for God, the nation’s proliferating immorality decreased their willingness to hear God’s word.
Both men found their people incorrigible sinners. Jeremiah’s...though seeing the destruction of Jerusalem. They remained rebellious against God even after watching Babylonian soldiers plunder houses, mansions and the very sacred precincts of God’s house! None of it effected repentance. Then, in naked violence against God’s WORD, they called him a LIAR! Jeremiah 44 has God’s chilling response to their final act of rebellion. End Part I