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Jeremiah is the prophet who lived during the period of the Kingdom of Judah. He received messages from God concerning the catastrophe that was falling upon the nation due to people's idolatry and sin. But the kings and the people refuses to accept God's prophcies. Eventually, he witnessed the fall of Jerusalem and being exiled to Babylonia.

Jeremiah prophesied during the reign of five different kings. Roughly speaking the timeline is from 639 B.C. to 586 B.C.

The book of Jeremiah includes 52 chapters. It is mainly prophecy and historical events, although some poemtry took place in the context.


"This book is the account of what was said by Jeremiah sonof Hilkaih, one of the priests of the town of Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin."

___Jeremiah, Chapter 1, Verse 1

"Each day for as long as he lived, he was given a regular allowance for his needs."___Jeremiah,Chapter 52, Verse 34

The LORD says,I will comdemn thosewho turned away from meand put their trust in human being,in the strength of mortalsHe is like a bush in the desert, which grows in the dry wasteland,on salty ground where nothing else grows.Nothing good ever happens to himBut I will bless the personwho put his trust in me.He is like a tree growing near a streamand sending out roots to the water.It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green;It has no worries when there is no rain;it keeps on bearing fruit.______Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 5 - 8

When Jehoiakim was the king of Judah, the Lord requested Jeremiah to write every prophecy he ever received, and tell it to the new king. The Lord claimed that if Jehoiakim and his people change their way of action, the calamity shown in the prophecy will not fall upon them. Since Jeremiah's prophecies got rejected a several times before, he was no longer allowed to go into the temple. Jeremiah asked his friend Baruch to write the scroll and present it to the officials. After Baruch's presentation, a few of the officials realized the severity of the prophecy. They report it immediatly to the new king. But the king couldn't care less, he burned the scroll as soon as he finished hearing three or four columns.

I think the story relates to me because the moral behind it is extremely profound. The fatal mistake that the king made is to completely ignore other's thought. In real life circumstances, the advice or opinion could be given from our teachers, parents, and friends. We ought not to completely reject or accept these thoughts, but to rather think thoroughly and analyze them, eventually lead to self-improvement.


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