This section has to do with Jeremiah's calling in ministry. Three methods of determining identity are evident: self-definition, other-definition, and God-definition. For Jeremiah it is clear: he does not define himself, others do not define him, but God defines him. God has a particular purpose in mind for Jeremiah's life. As we study this we can ask how God has defined our own calling in life.
The book of Jeremiah gives us a raw and rich portrait of the life of Jeremiah. It provides us with a rare example of the interior life of a prophet. As we study it, we will be encouraged to experience honestly the circumstances that we are facing by Jeremiah's stark honesty. We will be given hope as we see the stark picture of a painful reality into which God promises redemption. But most of all, we will see how God works through failure and be encouraged that God will work in the midst of the failure of this world and through our personal failures.