Jeremiah and God's purposes

Jeremiah is one of the most difficult books we have studied, but the students have not let this stop them. I'm impressed by their diligence and perseverance. So far in this program, we have studied the life of Jesus, and God raising up a people for himself. But in Jeremiah, God is dealing with entire nations, and using them for his purposes. God allows one nation to prosper and conquer another, and then be conquered by still another. In 722 B.C. when Asiria conquered Israel, Egypt was a major power, and Babylon was practically unknown. One century later, Babylon conquers Asiria and then Egypt, only later to be conquered by Persia. In all this, God remains faithful to his people, even though he disciplines them for a time in exile, using the nations for his purposes.