Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Prophetic: A type of Israelite poetry employed by the prophets to warn and accuse Israel of covenant violation, and to announce future hope.
Jeremiah announces that God will judge Israel’s sins with an exile to Babylon. And then, he lives through the horror of his predictions.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Jeremiah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Jeremiah, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
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.