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Friday, February 8 2013
Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception
Jeremiah was a Levite (see Levites) whose father served in the territory of Benjamin, in the kingdom of Judah, after the time of the division of Israel into "Israel" (Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph/Manasseh and Joseph/Ephraim; see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) and "Judah" (Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?).
Jeremiah's ministry was to the last kings of Judah (see Kings of Israel and Judah), before the Kingdom of Judah was conquered and taken into exile by the Babylonian Empire (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Back To Babylon).
"1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?] came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 1:3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month." (Jeremiah 1:1-3 KJV)
Jeremiah's ministry to the terminal kingdom would not only span about forty years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah to the fall of Judah under Zedekiah in 586 BC, but would continue afterward. As was therefore a practical necessity, if it were to all be accomplished by a single prophet, Jeremiah was chosen for the service of the LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) at an early age. Jeremiah was called when yet "a child" (probably a teenager), but moreover he was chosen by the LORD, not only before he was born, but before he was conceived: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Conception means "the act of becoming pregnant," but also means "an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances" i.e. a concept. Jeremiah's physical conception was for the purpose of delivering a prophetic conception.
"1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jeremiah's ministry was not only ignored by the kings and priests (and most of the people of Judah), but he was regarded as unpatriotic for not foolishly parroting their "uplifting" lies and fantasies that fed their rapidly-decaying nation.
"26:7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. 26:8 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die. 26:9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
In in the end, the Kingdom of Judah fell because they chose vanity and deliberate ignorance over truth and freedom under the LORD. After they failed to heed the warnings of Jeremiah (and the other prophets of the LORD), Jeremiah was given a further prophecy for Judah - of their return, after seventy years, after the degenerate rebel generation had been left to die in Babylonian slavery. Jeremiah's letter was written for the later generation of the return.
"29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive." (Jeremiah 29:10-14 KJV)
Studies For The Book Of Jeremiah
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This Day In History, February 8
1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.
1238: The Mongols burned the Russian city of Vladimir.
1250: Church of Rome "Crusaders" fought Ayyubid forces at the Battle of Al Mansurah (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1587: After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots, 45, was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her part in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and return England to Roman Catholicism (it nevertheless remained, as all "Protestants" do, under the spell of nearly all of the anti-Biblical doctrines of the Church of Rome; see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).
1725: Peter the Great of Russia died. He was succeeded by Catherine I.
1807: Napoleon's forces under Pierre Agureau attacked the Russians at Eylau.
1856: Agostino Bassi, Italian pioneer bacteriologist, died. He preceded Louis Pasteur by 10 years in discovering that many diseases are caused by micro-organisms.
1863: Prussia (a territory in Germany) allied with Russia to suppress a revolution in Poland.
1879: Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed the use of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.
1924: The gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution in the U.S. when a man convicted of murder was put to death in Nevada.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom after her father, King George VI, died.
1960: Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will have the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."
1969: A meteorite weighing over 1 ton struck the earth in Chihuahua, Mexico.
1993: The newly separated Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.
2010: A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan created at more than three dozen avalanches.