In these chapters, we see Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations. Eugene Peterson notes that this title…
…is a deliberate rejection of any understanding of the life of faith that is identified with a single nation or a particular culture. The human task is to grow in conscious and healthy relationship with all reality, and God is the largest part of reality. If God is understood as being local, a tribal deity, he is misunderstood, and our lives are correspondingly reduced. Jeremiah battled against small-minded religion all his life. He attacked every tendency to make the temple into a cozy place. He worked strenuously and imaginatively to show the people that they were not the only people that God had dealings with, and that the life of faith necessarily involves us in a worldwide community that includes strange-appearing, strange-acting and strange-sounding people…. God is not geographically restricted to Palestine; his mercy extends to the far corners of the earth.
Peterson also notes that “Jeremiah took as much care in proclaiming God’s word to people he would never see as he did in addressing the people he grew up with and lived with.” The message is essentially the same to the nations as it was to the Jews. In these chapters we find more warning and judgment, but it is with a view toward salvation.
As Christians, we ought to know that Christ is for the whole world. We ought to live in a far larger reality than people without faith. After all, “God so loved the world.” However, just as it is true to say that Christ is for the whole world, as Kenneth Cragg has said, “It takes a whole world to understand a whole Christ.”