We speak of Jeremiah as being a type of Jesus. By that we mean that his life and his hardships were a preview of the life and hardships of Jesus. The ruling party in Jerusalem that heaped abuse on Jeremiah differed little from those who would torment Jesus six centuries later.
Jeremiah, born a gentleman, longed to lead the comfortable life of a highborn gentlemen, but God would not let him be. He called him to preach against evils, and Jeremiah could not resist God. Listen to what he said in verses 7, 8, and 9 of Chapter Twenty.
You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped. You were too strong for me, and you triumphed. All the day I am an object of laughter, everyone mocks me.
Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage are my message. The word of the Lord has brought me derision and reproach all the day.
I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more; but then it becomes like fire burning in my heart. I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.
Jeremiah told Jerusalem’s people that unless they cast the evil out of their hearts, they would suffer seventy years of slavery in Babylon. When the leaders silenced him, he got God’s message across by carrying a heavy wooden yolk through the streets of Jerusalem.
As a supreme insult to his dignified nature, the authorities threw him down a dry cistern, inviting all the people to shout down abuse at him. Their insults were like the mockery people shouted up at Jesus when he hung on the cross.