An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 274 of 304
'Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of
the land' (1:14).
This dreadful symbol finds its fulfilment in the siege of Jerusalem and
the added chapter 52 is placed where it is, so that the word spoken by
Jeremiah should be seen to be true.  In like manner Isaiah 36 to 39 is past
history, pledging the fulfilment of future prophecy.
Jeremiah's commission is given in chapter 1:4 -19, and includes the two
symbols already referred to:
'See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms,
to root out ... and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to
plant' (1:10).
Reference is made to this in chapter 31:
'And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched (same word as is
translated "hasten" in 1:12) over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and
to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to
build, and to plant, saith the Lord' (31:28).
The first set of prophecies are addressed to the Jews at Jerusalem (2:1
to 20:18).  The second set of prophecies are addressed to the Gentiles (46 to
51).  There are also historical portions that deal with the times of
Jehoiakim (21 to 35), and to Zedekiah (37 to 45), whilst central to
the structure of the book is the mission of Baruch to Jehoiakim.  Baruch
acted as scribe to Jeremiah while he was a prisoner, and Baruch performed one
or two important tasks, each of which had symbolic importance.
He was charged by Jeremiah to preserve the evidences that the
prophet had purchased a field in Anathoth which belonged to his uncle
He wrote the words of the Lord out of the mouth of Jeremiah, and
took the roll and read it in the house of the Lord (36).
He was warned in a special revelation against self -seeking and
his life was granted to him 'for a prey' (45).
The import of the two charges entrusted to Baruch is the utter
faithfulness of the Word of the Lord even in spite of all appearance to the
contrary, and the importance of the word in the eyes of the Lord Himself.
The field in Anathoth.-- Isaiah 10:5 -32 speaks of the Assyrian
invasion, and verses 28 to 32 give geographical details of the invasion.
Among the towns listed is Anathoth, concerning which Isaiah utters the lament
'O poor Anathoth' (10:30).  This town, three miles north of Jerusalem, was
the birthplace of Jeremiah (1:1).  The men of Anathoth were threatened with
sword and famine in the year of their visitation, because they threatened
Jeremiah the prophet (11:21 -23).  Jeremiah had sent a letter to the residue
of the elders which were carried away captive by Nebuchadnezzar, saying:
'Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the
fruit of them' (29:5),
for 'after seventy years' the Lord promised to visit them and perform His
good word causing them to return.  A false priest wrote to the people that
were in Jerusalem, saying: