Jeremiah’s Struggle with His Call

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Jeremiah was called to the prophetic ministry in 627 B.C. during the reign of Josiah, king of Judah. Jeremiah was called to proclaim the word of the Lord: “O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD!” (Jeremiah 22:29). Jeremiah was called to proclaim the severe judgment of God which would culminate with the three deportations of Judah. Because of the harsh message Jeremiah was preaching to Judah, Jeremiah struggled with his ministry. Jeremiah was a prophet whose heart was filled with pain.

Jeremiah’s struggle with his ministry is reflected in his use of the word “deceived” in Jeremiah 20:7. The words of Jeremiah 20:7 are taken from Jeremiah’s fifth personal lament. There are six laments or confessions of Jeremiah. They are listed as follows:

First Confession: Jeremiah 11:18-12:6
Second Confession: Jeremiah 15:10-21
Third Confession: Jeremiah 17:14-18
Fourth Confession: Jeremiah 18:18-23
Fifth Confession: Jeremiah 20:7-13
Sixth Confession: Jeremiah 20:14-18

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