The Book of Jeremiah holds a graphic but important picture showing us how disobedience leads to destruction.
The people of Israel repeatedly refused to listen to the Lord's instructions and followed too many evil desires to count. And yet, even though they had broken the terms of their Covenant with God, He was still willing to bless them if they repented.
Justice can only allow evil to go so far. In one final act, God chooses Jeremiah to give the people of Israel's southern kingdom of Judah one more chance: turn from their wicked ways or be exiled to Babylon. The latter is sadly the result.
Prophet to All Nations
After centuries of dealing with rebellion, God appoints Jeremiah to prophesy judgment, salvation, and His coming Servant to Judah, the surrounding nations, and the world.
Jeremiah speaks out against the idolatry, adultery and child sacrifices that run rampant in Jerusalem. Jews plot to kill him, but God keeps him safe.
Judgment, War, Exile
Finally, Judah faces the consequences of Israel's actions: war, famine, and exile by Babylon. Jerusalem and God’s Temple are destroyed. Jeremiah sees his prophecies fulfilled.
Babylon Brought Low
Though God uses Babylon to judge the nations, they too will be judged for their own wickedness. Prophecy comes to pass when Persia destroys Babylon.
Hope and a Future
Jerusalem is demolished, but David’s line is preserved: King Jehoiachin is allowed to eat with the Babylonian king. Hope shines for Israel in Babylon’s darkness.