Jeremiah The Prophet --
A Man That Suffered For Righteousness Sake
Jeremiah, a prophet of God was one
of the great men of the Bible. He prophesied during the tragic period of
Jeremiah was notably a prophet that spoke of the destruction of the Jewish nation. However, he emphasized the temporary nature of the destruction and looked to the return of the Jews to their land. Jeremiah suffered much for the cause of righteousness. Because of his unpopular message he was put in a dungeon and "...in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: So Jeremiah sunk in the mire." (Jeremiah 38:6) How can a man endure being despised, rejected, hated and persecuted? Notice four qualities found in the life of Jeremiah which made it possible for him to endure these adverse circumstances.
Jeremiah was a very sensitive man. He was a gentle man. He stood like a solid rock outwardly but inwardly his heart was breaking for God's people. God's word was burning within him. He said, "For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay." (Jeremiah 20:8-9) He became the victor not the victim of these circumstances!
was a man of sympathy. His heart was heavy and his eyes filled with
tears as he preached the message of doom for his beloved people and his land.
Jeremiah says, "My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very
heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold
my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the
alarm of war." He repeatedly displayed his sympathy by praying for his
people. "For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black;
astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in
Jeremiah was a man of courage. He could face life with confidence that God was with him. God said, "Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee." (Jeremiah 1:17-19) He did not give in even at the threat of his own life because he stood courageously with God.
Jeremiah had overwhelming and unshakable
faith and conviction in God. He had been called of God and spoke God's word. (Jeremiah
1:4-5) His message was a message of doom but he was also a man of hope. When
May God help us to the end that we can have more (1) sensitivity, (2) sympathy, (3) courage, and (4) more faith and conviction.
Will you accept God's wonderful good news that Jesus died for your sins? Will you be baptized into Christ to put on Christ so that your sins can be forgiven by His blood? "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:26-27) Believers contact Christ's saving blood by being baptized into His death. Those that become children of God have reason to rejoice. (Acts ) Following man's response to God's good news man can worship in spirit and in truth.
By Charles Box,