The leaders in Jerusalem had taken up rocks to stone Jesus when he stole away to the safety of a place across the Jordan.
When we check on Jeremiah, and find that he lived and died seven hundred years before Jesus, we might wonder why he is paired with Jesus here. Well, for one thing, even in those many centuries before Jesus, he was much like him in having a similar enemies who were making the same life-threatening threats. Jeremiah gives us is the hurt feeling that Jesus in his time.would have.
The endearing thing about Jeremiah was that he didn’t want to be God’s prophet. He wanted to be one of his ruling class who spent their days in wise chatter.
Wanting to give up on being God’s prophet, he said, “I will speak in his name no more, but then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones. I am weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.”
We see that same reluctance in Jesus in his agony In the garden when he begs God to let this challenge pass.