Hermeneutics: Observe the Purpose of a Book
(Jeremiah 1:4-5)

The purpose of a book prepares you for what it is about and how you might read it; but, the various books of the Bible doesn't always provide an introduction. In many instances, you can discover the purpose of a book of the Bible by observing something about the author. Here is an example found in Jeremiah.

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jer 1:4-5, ESV)

Often, while taking time to learn about the author, you learn something about God. In the above passage, explore the meaning of two phrases:

I knew you

I appointed you a prophet to the nations

What do you learn about the purpose of the book of Jeremiah?

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