Michelle Erica Guiao
Mr. Fherdie Ducut
This chapter on the prophet Jeremiah describes how he denounced the people’s abominable religious practices and unjust ways and warned them of the great catastrophe that was coming if they continued to refuse to repent and change their ways. However, the words of the prophet fell on deaf ears. Finally, the great tragedy came which brought to Jerusalem and the Temple to ruin and the people to their exile. The tragedy eventually led some people to return to the ways of the Lord.
CALL OF JEREMIAH (Jer. 1:4-10)
Jeremiah was born in 650 B.C. from a priestly family in the village of Anathoth, three miles north of Jerusalem. In 628 B.C., in the thirteenth year of King Josiah’s reign, he received his call from God.
Jeremiah’s call was unlike the call of Isaiah. While Isaiah was overwhelmed with the vision of the Lord on a high and lofty throne with the seraphim and smoke, Jeremiah’s call had no vision, no smoke and no incense.
The Lord told Jeremiah that from the time of his conception in his mother’s womb, God had already planned that he would play a significant role in the divine plan of salvation. He consecrated Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations.
Isaiah responded enthusiastically to God’s call to be his spokesman, “Here I am. Send me.” Jeremiah, on the other hand, tried to turn down God’s call, for he knew his inadequacies. “Ah Lord God! I know not how to speak. I am too young”.
The Lord gently placed his hand on Jeremiah’s mouth signifying that the Lord himself would put his words into Jeremiah’s mouth. Jeremiah’s mission was to bring the message of judgment to the wicked, and the message of hope after the destruction.