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An Introduction to Jeremiah

Beginning on Saturday, April 29th, the Open the Book daily Bible readings move into the book of Jeremiah. Here is an excerpt of the introduction to the book of Jeremiah written by Eugene Peterson, who wrote the reading translation of the Bible in contemporary English called The Message.


“Jeremiah’s life and Jeremiah’s book are a single piece. He wrote what he lived, he lived what he wrote. There is no dissonance between his life and his book…This is important to know because Jeremiah is the prophet of choice for many when we find ourselves having to live through difficult times and want some trustworthy help in knowing what to think, how to pray, how to carry on.

Jeremiah’s troubled life spanned one of the most troublesome periods in Hebrew history, the decades leading up to the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., followed by the Babylonian exile. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. And Jeremiah was in the middle of all of it…He experienced it all agonizingly and wrote it all magnificently.

What happens when everything you believe in and live by is smashed to bits by circumstances?...Anyone who lives in disruptive times looks for companions who have been through them earlier, wanting to know how they went through it, how they made it, what it looked like. In looking for a companion who has lived through catastrophic disruption and survived with grace, biblical people more often than not come upon Jeremiah and receive him as a true, honest, and God-revealing companion for the worst of times.”


Join others at Saint Lucas in reading through the book of Jeremiah for the next four weeks. The reading schedule can be found at It is also emailed on Monday morning each week. Let God speak to you through His Word!


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