Memory Verse
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Jeremiah 31:33-34

Jeremiah, “the weeping prophet,” was one of the greatest (and most “unsuccessful”) prophets who crossed the pages of Scripture. He was arrested, thrown into prison, slapped in public, his writings were burned, and he almost drowned in muck and mud at the bottom of a well. No one listened to him. God commanded him to stay unmarried (16:2). He was alone in life without a companion, he was despised, and was seemingly friendless. Jeremiah sees Nebuchadnezzar’s army at the gates of Jerusalem as God’s vengeance comes down. Jeremiah weeps. He was despised and yet he did not take back one word or compromise his message.

Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Sheet Music
Top 5 Facts to Remember
  1. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet when he was still a young man (Jer. 1:6–7).
  2. Jeremiah prophesied of a New Covenant that would be established (Jer. 31:31–34; 32:36–41; 50:4–5).
  3. When the king of Judah burned the scroll that contained Jeremiah’s prophecies, Jeremiah (with the scribal assistance of Baruch) supernaturally wrote the same words on a different scroll (Jer. 36).
  4. Out of hatred for Jeremiah’s message, four of Judah’s princes had Jeremiah cast into a miry dungeon, from which he was soon rescued by Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian (Jer. 38:1–13).
  5. Jeremiah also prophesied Babylon’s destruction (Jer. 50–51).
Theme: Weeping

In Jeremiah, God is glorifying Himself through the weeping of the “weeping prophet” so that He might demonstrate His superior goodness in the salvation sinners, the damnation of the wicked, and for the preservation of His people, for His eternal glory, and their eternal joy.

Author: Jeremiah

The author identifies himself as Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah (Jer. 1:1), and both Daniel and Matthew confirm this (Dan. 9:2; Matt. 2:17–18).

Time of Writing: 586-570 B.C.

Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry in the 13th year of Josiah’s reign (629 B.C.), and wrote down his prophecies sometime after the destruction of Jerusalem (586 B.C.).

Key Verses:

“ ‘For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,’ says the Lord, ‘to deliver you.’ ”

Jeremiah 1:18–19

“ ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,
‘That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:

Jeremiah 23:5–6

  1. Repent, and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ! He is your only hope.
  2. Sin is a downward spiral, and it will only make you miserable. The claim that sin will make you happy is a lie.
  3. Unbelievers hate the truth, and they hate those who proclaim it.
Christ in Jeremiah:
  1. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah is a type of Christ. Like Jeremiah, Christ wept over Jerusalem. Like Jeremiah, Christ had enemies who were seeking to trap Him in His words or murder Him secretly.

  2. The “Branch of Righteousness”

    In Jeremiah 23:5–6, we see Christ portrayed as Son of David (“I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness”), King (“A King shall reign and prosper”), Savior (“In His days Judah will be saved”), and the source of righteousness for His people (“The Lord Our Righteousness”).

  1. Jeremiah’s Call to be a Prophet (Jer. 1)
  2. Judgment on Judah Foretold (Jer. 2–19)
  3. Jeremiah’s Interaction With the Kings of Judah (Jer. 20–38)
    1. Jehoiakim (Jer. 25–26, 35–36)
    2. Jehoiachin (Jer. 22–23)
    3. Zedekiah (Jer. 20–21, 24, 27–34, 37–38)
  4. Nebuchadnezzer Destroys Jerusalem (Jer. 39)
  5. Jeremiah’s Ministry After the Destruction (Jer. 40–44)
    1. Jeremiah’s Ministry in Judah (Jer. 40:1–43:7)
    2. Jeremiah’s Ministry in Egypt (Jer. 43:8–44:30)
  6. The Lord’s Promise to Baruch (Jer. 45)
  7. Judgment on the Nations Foretold (Jer. 46–49)
  8. Judgment on Babylon Foretold (Jer. 50–51)
  9. Conclusion (Jer. 52)
    1. The Destruction of Jerusalem Reiterated (Jer. 52:1–30)
    2. Jehoiachin’s Release from Prison (Jer. 52:31–34)
Study Questions

What title is Jeremiah often given?
“The Weeping Prophet.”

What does Jeremiah’s name mean?
“Yah is my appointer.”

Who were the other prophets that prophesied in Jeremiah’s day?
Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Daniel, and Ezekiel.

When did the Lord ordain Jeremiah to be a prophet?
Before he was born (Jer. 1:5).

Why did God tell Jeremiah not to be dismayed?
Because He would deliver him from his enemies (Jer. 1:17–19).

What name is used to describe Christ in Jeremiah 23:6?
“The Lord Our Righteousness.”

Which section of Jeremiah explains the New Covenant?
Jeremiah 31:31–34.

Where in Jeremiah does it say that God divorced Israel?
Jeremiah 3:8.

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