Big Idea: (1) Those who reject a relationship with God and refuse to repent will experience the terrible wrath and judgment of God.
(2) The visions of judgment are so horrific that Jeremiah can hardly bear them. Once judgment comes, there is no escape.
(3) Refusing to obey God is indeed very foolish, for even the sea obeys God.
In the church we often focus on the positive side of the gospel, stressing eternal life and forgiveness of sins. However, Jeremiah (particularly 4:5-31) forces us to see that unrepentant sin, open defiance of God, and refusal to listen to him will result in experiencing the terrible wrath of God. Jeremiah also emphasizes that God continues to plead for repentance, even as the judgment unfolds.
- Ch. 1: The call of the prophet. (The Call and the Word of God)
- Ch. 2: The charge of idolatry/spiritual adultery. (Spiritual Adultery)
- Ch. 3: The calls for repentance, but there is none.
- Ch. 4-6: The consequent and inevitable judgment. The Babylonian invasion is the means that God will use to pour out his wrath.