why is jeremiah called the weeping prophet
I love reading the Book of Jeremiah and studying this amazing man of God who I believe was called to do one of the most difficult ministries in all the Bible. He was asked to preach to a people, the children of Israel, who would not heed what he said. This amazing young man called at a very young age by God to speak as a prophet, in his early teens, was compassionate but would not compromise. Jeremiah was also the only man in the Bible who was told not to marry,
Jeremiah 16:2. But more importantly Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet, the prophet of the broken heart. Jer 9:1PP POh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people! Jer 13:17PP PBut if you will not hear it, My soul will weep in secret for [your] pride; My eyes will weep bitterly And run down with tears, Because the LORD s flock has been taken captive. There are times that God s Holy Spirit grabs my heart and allows me to step even closer to our Lord s heart and sense His very real thoughts and concerns for us as a people here in Australia. I begin then to understand in a small way the man Jeremiah as he saw his people about to fall into captivity under the Babylonians due to their dishonouring of God and turning their hearts from Him. Such was the heaviness on Jeremiah s heart, a man whose ministry as we read, led to not one convert, yet he carried on preaching faithfully as God had called him to. Jeremiah found the message he was proclaiming and the total disdain of God s people to heed it so heavy that he tried at one time to resign from God s calling.
But as God s Word was in his heart, as a burning fire shut up in my bones. and I could not. Jeremiah 20:9. I share these thoughts and this wonderful prophet with you because our nation, Australia, is not heeding God s message and His offer of grace. Like in the days of the Judges, Jdg 17:6PP PIn those days [there was] no king in Israel; everyone did [what was] right in his own eyes. What should we do if we too sense the very weight of burden for our nation AustraliaP as Jeremiah did for Israel? We should recognize that is none other than God s Holy Spirit moving on us as a heartfelt call to pray, to weep and to continue faithfully preaching the Gospel for our people and nation Australia. God loves this nation and the precious people who call it homeP let us pray for it like never before. If any one thing could be said of the prophet Jeremiah s life then surely of a truth it is that he earned his stripes and paid his dues as it were! And primarily due to two things beloved (1) his broken and contrite heart and secondly the burden of the Lord (which weighed heavily upon him at all times). other ways in which the prophet can be aptly described is mr perpetual tears ( which is how the tag of weeping prophet probably stuck fast ) And this man JEREMIAH carried a burden - - a burden mind you that was deep seated, perpetual, ongoing and continual. When i reflect on the prophets life two things spring to mind immediately and they are (a) a life bathed in tears and secondly the absolute authenticity of his *sure* word of prophesy. That said in effect jeremiah was confronted with the plight of Israels compromise, and her idolatry, there going after of other gods there sins, there wickedness, and there constant perpetual backslidings.
However Once confronted with the situation at hand jeremiah could not dismiss it lightly nor could he merely walk away from the dilemna at hand: ( he was a man possessed. and. yea with israels plight) Knowing what was in front of him the prophet begins to call israel back to God, back to repentance, and back to sweet communion with the Lord. There was no candy- coating the gravity of the situation. Israel had forsaken covenant with God - and it was jeremiahs calling to point out there waywardness, and restore her back. (Period) In order to achieve this the prophet would have to invoke tough love, he would have to tell it - like it is! No white washing the matter. Indeed jeremiah would have to step up to the mark and tell the people what they need to hear - - - and not necessarily what they wanted to hear. In the true form of a prophet he must man up and not be afraid of there faces. He must call a spade a spade and let the chips fall where they fall. Being God s prophet Jeremiah found out it was no place for the fainthearted, the fearful, or the afraid. And when the going gets tough. the tough get going. And get going. as in pro-active is exactly what the man of God did. He rolled up his sleeves and pulled no punches. He told it straight. And Without fear or favour to man. Remembering At the time Israel was in a mess! ( a big mess) She was backslidden and given to whoredoms, bribes, and corruption. Did Israel hearken? Did they heed the warning? Or did they shoot the messenger and pooh pooh - - - thewarning???
The weeping prophet sadly however was dismissed lightly and lampooned by (even) his fellow countryman ( the jews). A deepening crisis was unfolding and Israel had sunk even lower into the abyss of idolatry and constant whoredoms with other gods. The situation was critical and dire and Gods people were slipping into quick sand ( so to speak ) but the prophet was no quiter and therefore it literally was a case of no retreat. no surrender He would carry the burden to the very end and come hell or high water israel was going to be confronted with her iniquities and her Sins!! Why was he called the weeping prophet? well because of this * oh that my head were rivers, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that i might weep for the daughter of my people ( Jer 9:1) And no healing for the hurt of my people Israel. In essence the head was sick and the wound incurable. ( not good) One way or another though ( come what may) israel would know her condtion, her state, and her plight. The messenger would deliver the burden of the lord. and israel would know a prophet has visited them. True prophets dont always deliver a people pleasing message, but rather they burn ears and speak the truth without hesitation and/or trepidation. Because of this they are not popular or well liked and may be subject to imprisonments and even torture. They can be stoned to death and locked away For long periods in dungeons - - and for what? all for speaking the truth and delivering. God s clear concise clarion message -- which is a call to old fashioned but biblical repentance and revival. Amen and Amen
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