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Jeremiah, His Life and Prophecy.

Jeremiah, His Life and Prophecy.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY FRANCIS TRENCH



THE personal details of Jeremiah s life, which
the Book of his Prophecy supplies, are far more
numerous than those which the Book of Isaiah
or of Ezekiel gives concerning them. Indeed,
many parts of Jeremiah s writings are just an
historical record of his own condition and times.
And those narratives go far to explain and illus
trate those portions of his hook, more exclusively
of a prophetical kind. I shall make it my en
deavour to interweave all these particulars in the
following account of his life and character.
BY FRANCIS TRENCH



THE personal details of Jeremiah s life, which
the Book of his Prophecy supplies, are far more
numerous than those which the Book of Isaiah
or of Ezekiel gives concerning them. Indeed,
many parts of Jeremiah s writings are just an
historical record of his own condition and times.
And those narratives go far to explain and illus
trate those portions of his hook, more exclusively
of a prophetical kind. I shall make it my en
deavour to interweave all these particulars in the
following account of his life and character.

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JEREMIAH, HIS LIFE AD PROPHECY. BY FRACIS TRECHTHE personal details of Jeremiah s life, which the Book of his Prophecy supplies, are far more numerous than those which the Book of Isaiah or of Ezekiel gives concerning them. Indeed, many parts of Jeremiah s writings are just an historical record of his own condition and times. And those narratives go far to explain and illus trate those portions of his hook, more exclusively of a prophetical kind. I shall make it my en deavour to interweave all these particulars in the following account of his life and character. Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah, of the priestly family, an inhabitant of Anathoth, a town in the Tribe of Benjamin, about three miles from Jeru salem, and one of the cities, which with its sub urbs, was given to the children of Aaron. (Josh. xxi. 18, 19.) His call is fully recorded in the first chapter of his prophecy ; and by this it appears that he was summoned to his office in very early life and that the word of the Lord came to him in the 13th year of the reign of Josiah, also in the days of Jehoiakim, and to the llth year of Zedekiah " unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive JEREMIAH, HIS LIFE AD PROPHECY. 365 in the fifth month." (ver.3.) This was a period of 40 years : and his prophecy forms a most im portant link between that of Isaiah, which ceased
 
considerably before the capture of Jerusalem, and that of Ezekiel and Daniel, which only commenced after that event. The first of these Prophets ap pears to address his people as one mightily striving for their reformation from their course of sin. The second, Jeremiah, seems rather to proclaim the near desolation of his country, now hardened in impenitence ; while Ezekiel and Daniel speak as those who with their pious compatriots have humbly accepted the national visitation, and seek to promote GOD S honour and glory in the land of the captivity or in Jerusalem, under the judg ments already sent. In the call above mentioned, that high honour which GOD put on Jeremiah is announced : his- humility appears ; and he is strengthened for the work assigned to him. This is the usual, or, it may be said, almost the universal course of all such ordinations which the Scripture contains. The subject has been mentioned already in Isaiah s life, and therefore need not be resumed here at any further length. Visions were immediately presented to his gaze : and thus he was taught GOD S future doings. First was the rod of the almond tree. This is a tree which blossoms early and speedily, and thus represented GOD S speedy judgments. ext he saw a " seething-pot, with the face toward the north." This indicated whence the JEREMIAH, HIS LIFE stroke of affliction should come, viz. from Chaldiea. Then the Prophet is strengthened with divine encouragement of the strongest kind; and al though the warfare is plainly announced which
 
he would have to wage against his enemies, he is assured of protection from the Most High : " And they shall fight against thee : hut they shall not prevail against thee : for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee." (ver. 19.) Jeremiah is then sent to " cry in the ears of Jerusalem." And thus he begins that solemn and woeful strain, to be continued for forty coming years. And melancholy is his word from its commencement full, no doubt, of GOD S tender mercy, but full of that mercy as disregarded and despised. Such, for the most part, is the tenor of the first portion of this book. In the 7th chapter, GOD orders His Prophet not only to Jerusalem, but specially to " the gate of the Lord s house," there to address all who entered in " to worship the Lord." (ver. 12.) His commis sion was to preach all vital religion, and all godly practice, and, on the other hand, to denounce all mere profession and formality. Message after message was given to Jeremiah, and each was faithfully delivered by him. The usual results ensued. " Which of the Prophets have not your fathers persecuted?" (Acts vii. 52.) Thus spake St. Stephen in the latter days. The men of Anathoth of his own city sought to destroy him. Their very words are recorded, or their spirit, at all events : " Let us destroy the AD PROPHECY. 3(57 tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered." Moreover they tried to silence him by their threats. They said

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