Jeremiah is a prophetic book in the bible that foretells the fall of Jerusalem and Judah due to the people’s sin. The prophet Jeremiah was truly set apart as he was called to be a prophet before he was even born; however, Jeremiah faced struggles as he was not allowed to marry because of his calling and was rejected by his own people. One beautiful thing about Jeremiah’s gift and calling was that he saw hope for his people and prophesied of the Messiah-King (Jesus) and the new covenant that would be made through him.
The Book of Lamentations is known to be a book of mourning as the prophet Jeremiah records the fall of Jerusalem. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet and he was heartbroken over his people’s sins and the destruction that it caused. One unique thing about the book of Lamentations is that it is written in five poems with a unique pattern. The first telling of Jerusalem’s fall, God’s anger on the people’s sin, Jeremiah’s grief, God’s anger again, and a prayer over Jerusalem. In the end, Babylon overtakes Jerusalem, but we do see God’s mercy and goodness even through this event and book.