This new book starts with an introduction to our new protagonist. “The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin (Jeremiah 1:1).” Jeremiah lives in the time of Josiah son of Amon, who reigns as the king of Judah, and in the time of Josiah’s son, Jehoiakim. Now, we hear God’s first words to Jeremiah. “When I had not yet formed you in the womb, I knew you, and when you had not yet emerged from the womb, I had appointed you; a prophet to the nations I made you (Jeremiah 1:5).” God knew Jeremiah from the moment of his birth, and had set out his destiny as a prophet. Jeremiah will speak to God, and God gives him instructions, and messages for the world.