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This Week's Reading: Jeremiah 1-3; 7; 16-18; 20
Come Follow Me Insight #1
Jeremiah is often referred to as “the weeping prophet.” Why? Well, his life was kind of awful!
- Jeremiah was one of the most persecuted prophets in the Old Testament. He was threatened with execution by those in his hometown (Jeremiah 26), no one would listen to any of his teachings (Jeremiah 7, 13, 17, 18, 19), he was beaten and put in the stocks (Jeremiah 20:1-2), received a death sentence from local priests (Jeremiah 26:11), was publicly “shown up” by the false prophet Hananiah (Jeremiah 28:2), had his written prophecies burned (Jeremiah 36:23), and was thrown into a well and left to die (Jeremiah 38:6).
- Unlike Lehi, Jeremiah didn’t get to leave Jerusalem before its destruction and was present when the Israelites were exiled and the city was destroyed.
- Jeremiah was commanded to never marry or have children as a symbol to the Israelites of their future destruction and that no remnant would be left to mourn them. (Jeremiah 16:1-9)
My Favorite Scriptures for the Week
- Jeremiah 1:5
- Jeremiah 1:6
- Jeremiah 2:5
- Jeremiah 3:22
- Jeremiah 7:8
- Jeremiah 16:17
- Jeremiah 20:9