Jeremiah Essay

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During the destruction of Jerusalem, God is still with the people of Israel who were exile into Babylon, which is shown through the prophet Jeremiah. While delivering the words of God, Jeremiah was put through multiples rough situations. In the time of sorrow and grief, Jeremiah cried out to God in the place of exile in Babylon. The use of harsh language to blame the wrongdoing against God is a driving factor into comparing the similarity of the predestined birth of Jeremiah and Israel yet their faith to God at the end is completely different.
First, Jeremiah’s word of choice when describing his prosecutors and God is similar yet the image of each is different. Though Jeremiah blame God for the cause of his suffering saying, “you deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed” (Jeremiah 20:7). The image of God revealed a holy warrior when “he rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked” (Jeremiah 20:13); for example when God rescues Israel from Egypt. When he was recused from the Israelites who were about to denounce him and praises to God, “the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail” (Jeremiah 20:11). The people of Israel, Jeremiah’s prosecutors, the ones that were actually causing the suffering of Jeremiah by mocking him. However, they were described in similar terms alike God: “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him” (Jeremiah 20:10). In this context, his prosecutors were hoping for the faith of Jeremiah toward God to fall and so that they can succeed over him. Jeremiah, however, does not realize how similar he and his prosecutors were.
Jeremiah’s harsh words was not only toward God but also toward his own predestined birth compares to Israel. Both Jeremiah and Israel were innocent beings who has been chosen by God. Their purpose to life has been set beforehand by God, where Jeremiah was chosen as a prophet and Israel as God’s chosen nation yet their faithfulness to God differs. Jeremiah curses his birth when he was still in the womb, “for he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever” (Jeremiah 20:17). His anger shifts from his existence to the Israelites and told God, “their dishonor will never be forgotten… let me see your vengeance on them” (Jeremiah 20:11-12). The chosen nation of God, Israel, whom he brought out from...

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