Jeremiah's Strange Commission. "When Israel was driven out to Assyria, 721 B.C., Judah had not yet sinned as a nation. Through Hosea, God said, "Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend." (Hos. 4:15). But later "her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also," and God finally said, "The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous sister Judah." (Jeremiah 3:8-11). And so, 117-140 years after Israel's captivity, the time came when God drove out the Jews, too, in national captivity, and banishment, for their 2520 years of national punishment. For this purpose God raised up a very special prophet, whose real call and commission few, indeed, understand.
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