The Lord ordained Jeremiah to be “a prophet to the nations” in Jer. 1:6. What a rich epithet.
The pdf Chris Wright’s “Missional Reflections on the Book of Jeremiah” is a thorough study of Jeremiah’s role as it relates to our role as believers and G-d’s plan for the whole world.
G-d desires that none should perish but that all should come to repentance. Surprise!
But it’s not really a surprise so much as something easily overlooked, quickly forgotten, and often ignored.
Here is Wright’s own outline with my summary statements in parentheses:
1. The missional framework of the biblical narrative
a. Jeremiah sees the purpose of Israel’s election and covenant
b. Jeremiah exposes the reality of failure and judgment
c. Jeremiah holds out the hope of the new covenant restoration
d. Jeremiah envisages the resultant blessing of the nations
i. The nations as witnesses
ii. Any nation can be the recipient of [the Lord’s] mercy, as well as judgment
iii. [The Lord] offers to the nations the same promise of restoration
iv. The nations will one day come to worship [the Lord].
2. The missional purpose of the texts
a. Rejection of idolatry and return to radical monotheism
b. Challenge to ethical change
c. The impact on the nations
3. The missional locatedness of the reader