Terror on Every Side!
THE LIFE OF JEREMIAH
From a family of priests in the peaceful reign of good King Josiah, came a young man, Jeremiah, bringing words from God to his people. It was no message for the fainthearted, either. This was a message of destruction and terror. Could the disaster be averted?
Jeremiah was a prophet of God for over 40 years, always warning of judgement on the nation of Judah and all the nations around. Few would listen at all, and fewer still would take him seriously.
Jeremiah lived to see the prophecies come true, but many he spoke to didn’t.
No-one would believe his words until it was too late – there was Terror on Every Side!
“It was on my 17th birthday that I first heard – or felt – God’s voice. In those days, we seemed to have a happy extended family in Anathoth and I was welcome in it. Times are different now: no happy family, all are dead except me – the one they all hated.”
The words of God came to Jeremiah as a fire, burning within him, and with them, his lifetime mission – a prophet to the nations. Walk with Jeremiah as he begins his life's work. Share his unfolding difficulties: opposition from family, friends and the leaders of the nation. Join him in his struggle to understand God's ways and the value of obedience.
Meet King Josiah, one of the greatest kings of Judah and watch as he begins to work with Jeremiah to invigorate and reform the worship of God.
“I was twenty-one years old when the letter arrived. It was the most exciting letter I ever received. Written in my father’s untidy scrawl, it had obviously been sent in the joy of discovery and his happiness showed in every word.
The Book of the Law of God had been found!”
King Josiah hears the words of God and everything starts to change.
Idolatry is forced to take a backward step and the true servants of God have some breathing space.
Let the Passover celebrations begin!
“Slowly, Jehiel poured the oil from the container and a golden stream ran down onto Azariah’s head, coursing through his hair and across his forehead and cheeks, then slowly running down his beard and dripping unevenly to the floor, where it gathered in small clear puddles.”
In the twentieth year of Josiah's reign, a new High Priest is anointed, but will he work with Josiah or against him? Josiah strives to the very end to lead his people to God, but can a king really change an unwilling nation? His sons Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim follow in turn, leading Judah into a moral free fall. Darkness is falling on Judah.
But what about Jeremiah? And what about the individuals who did listen to Josiah and to the saving messages from God? Will God protect them when the Babylonian army arrives?
The brief reign of Jehoiachin begins with the ignominious death of his father – dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem – and ends when he is put in chains and taken to Babylon as a captive along with thousands of other captives. His conqueror, King Nebuchadnezzar, appoints Jehoiachin's uncle Zedekiah as king, but Zedekiah is weak and easily swayed. Jeremiah continues to provide godly guidance, but powerful forces are working against him, and the king's good intentions are overridden by foolish advice.
King Nebuchadnezzar has lost patience and Jerusalem will pay the price. Zedekiah continues to vacillate instead of providing leadership. Disaster is brewing as the Babylonian army surrounds the city and food is slowly running out.
No-one would believe Jeremiah's words until it was too late – and then there was Terror on Every Side! The only hope left is to follow Jeremiah's advice and surrender to King Nebuchadnezzar. But who would dare to do that?