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During the destruction of Jerusalem, God is still with the people of Israel who were exile into Babylon, which is shown through the prophet Jeremiah. While delivering the words of God, Jeremiah was put through multiples rough situations. In the time of sorrow and grief, Jeremiah cried out to God in the place of exile in Babylon. The use of harsh language to blame the wrongdoing against God is a driving factor into comparing the similarity of the predestined birth of Jeremiah and Israel yet their faith to God at the end is completely different.
First, Jeremiah’s word of choice when describing his prosecutors and God is similar yet the image of each is different. Though Jeremiah blame God for the cause of his suffering saying, “you deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed” (Jeremiah 20:7). The image of God revealed a holy warrior when “he rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked” (Jeremiah 20:13); for example when God rescues Israel from Egypt. When he was recused from the Israelites who were about to denounce him and praises to God, “the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail” (Jeremiah 20:11). The people of Israel, Jeremiah’s prosecutors, the ones that were actually causing the suffering of Jeremiah by mocking him. However, they were described in similar terms alike God: “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him” (Jeremiah 20:10). In this context, his prosecutors were hoping for the faith of Jeremiah toward God to fall and so that they can succeed over him. Jeremiah, however, does not realize how similar he and his prosecutors were.
Jeremiah’s harsh words was not only toward God but also toward his own predestined bir...

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... 20:10). Their faith toward God was the mere thought of making sacrifices till the very day they were sent to exile.
In conclusion, the harsh words used to describe God was a driving factor as to how similar Jeremiah and Israel were; their predestined birth and faith with God. The descriptions of God and Israel in Jeremiah’s words is quite similar yet God was describe as a warrior and Israel as his enemy. However, Jeremiah and Israel are quiet similar in many ways yet their faith toward God is completely different. Both their birth were predestined by God and led to many journeys; at this point where Jeremiah laments, he still sees the holy and good in God and continues to praise him. In contrary, Israel mocked the prophet God has chosen, Jeremiah and even threaten to denounce him; their faith toward God declines causing God to send Jerusalem into exile in Babylon.
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