The Message of Jeremiah

The Message of Jeremiah

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by Christopher J. H. Wright

The Message of Jeremiah
  • Length: 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: February 10, 2014
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2439-7
  • Item Code: 2439

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The prophet Jeremiah addressed the people of Judah and Jerusalem over a forty-year period leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. The book of Jeremiah addresses the exiles, especially those in Babylon, in the years after the catastrophe.

Here we encounter Jeremiah the prophet who, from his youth to old age, delivered the word of God to the people of Israel at the most terrifying time in all their troubled history. Understanding Jeremiah's context is essential to understanding his life and message.

More than that we must encounter the God of Jeremiah--an encounter that should be both profoundly disturbing and ultimately reassuring, as it was for him. If Jeremiah spoke in his day, and if the book still speaks today, in both cases it is because of the God who called the man to speak and commanded the book to be written.

In the end, Jeremiah is a book of the victory of God's love and grace. His redemptive, reconstructive work comprises the book's portrait of the future--a future that we see fulfilled in the New Testament through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Ultimately we see it in God's dwelling with his redeemed people forever in the new creation.

A replacement volume in the Bible Speaks Today Old Testament commentary series, this book offers a new exposition on the book of Jeremiah.

"[T]his is a great pastoral commentary that shows how the difficult-to-understand book of Jeremiah applies today."

Elliot Ritzema, Bible Study Magazine, September-October 2014


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1. The beginning -- and the end (1:1-3)
2. Jeremiah?s appointment as prophet (1:4-19)
3. From honeymoon to divorce (2:1 -- 3:5)
4. Turn, turn, turn (3:6 -- 4:4)
5. Disaster from the north (4:5 -- 6:30)
6. The temple sermon (7:1 -- 8:3)
7. Tears in heaven (8:4 -- 10:25)
8. Broken covenant and broken hearts (11:1 -- 12:17)
9. An unwearable people and an unbearable future (13:1-27)
10. Too late! Too late! (14:1 -- 15:9)
11. The pit of self-pity (15:10-21)
12. Silver-lined loneliness (16:1-21)
13. Heart searching (17:1-27)
14. Pots and plots (18:1 -- 20:6)
15. ?Perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned? (20:7-18)
16. Kings ? alive and dead and yet to be born (21:1 -- 23:8)
17. Prophets ? Not on a mission from God (23:9-40)
18. The good, the bad and the ugly (24:1 -- 25:39)
19. Half time
20. Dramatic public encounters (26:1 -- 28:17)
21. Letter to the exiles (29:1-32)
22. The surprises of grace (30:1 -- 31:1)
23. The strengths of love (31:2-30)
24. The new covenant (31:31-40)
25. Field of dreams (32:1 -- 33:26)
26. Promise-breakers and promise-keepers (34:1 -- 35:19)
27. God?s Word: in the fire but not consumed (36:1-32)
28. God?s prophet: in the pit but not silenced (37:1 -- 38:28)
29. The fall of Jerusalem (39:1 -- 41:18)
30. Death on the Nile (42:1 -- 44:30)
31. Baruch?s signature (45:1-5)
32. Shaking the nations (46:1 -- 49:39)
33. Sinking Babylon (50:1 -- 51:64)
34. The End -- and a small beginning (52:1-34)

Christopher J. H. Wright

Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership. He has written many books including The Mission of God, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011 and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.