Jeremiah had a prophetic ministry that involved bringing the people of Judah back to the Lord. He warns them of the impending exile at the hands of the Babylonians. The people didn’t want to listen to Jeremiah, and surely didn’t believe that God would punish them by allowing their temple and land to be destroyed. They continued living in their old ways, and didn’t really allow God into their daily lives. God called Jeremiah to be over the nations and kingdoms, to UPROOT, TEAR DOWN, DESTROY, OVERTHROW, BUILD, and PLANT. It was a big task, and it made Jeremiah weary when they didn’t hear his message.
God’s patience wore out, and everything that Jeremiah had prophesied came true. Jerusalem was overwhelmed and the temple destroyed.
Jeremiah also offers hope. Hope that an ideal leader will rise up from David’s line. We know he’s speaking of Jesus. The only hope we have for salvation.
“The time is coming…when I will make a new covenant…I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.” Jeremiah 31:31-33