While Jeremiah is one of the Bible's better known prophets, his full message is perhaps one of the most neglected parts of scripture. Jeremiah speaks an uncomfortable message of God's anger and God's grief poured out on unfaithful Israel in the period leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple, and the deportation into Babylon. In spite of its ancient background and disturbing content, the prophet Jeremiah and the book that bears his name speaks to God's people today. It offers an invitation to listen to God’s voice and trust God’s purposes in the midst of calamity and social upheaval. For those with ears to hear, Jeremiah calls us to respond boldly and faithfully to the ultimate reality of God.
Week 1: Jeremiah 2:1-13
“Breaking Ground for a Renewed World”
On Sunday September 25th we began a 6-week series through the book of Jeremiah called “to pluck and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:10). Jeremiah was sent to give a warning to Judah and Jerusalem to turn from evil and do good, to forsake idolatry and pursue righteousness. Much of the book of Jeremiah depicts the stubbornness of God’s people, yet underneath it all is God’s work to bring about a New Covenant.
In many ways, Jeremiah is like a gardener, tiling the hard, rocky soil of Jerusalem’s heart. Jeremiah is doing the grunt work of clearing the heart’s rocky soil to make it into fertile soil for the word of God to take root. Jeremiah’s message often cuts the heart and soul. But if we open ourselves to it, God will work to make all things new.
Reading Plan for Week 1
Getting to Know the Weeping Prophet
Jer 23:23-29 The LORD is against the prophets
Jer 1:4-10 Jeremiah’s call to be God’s prophet
Jer 7:1-8:3 Jeremiah’s first sermon
Jer 24:1-14 Jeremiah's Exile sermon
Jer 11:18-23 Jeremiah’s life threatened