I received the following question:

Regarding your teaching on the meaning of “nations,” what are ¨nations¨ in Jeremiah 1:5? Was he to prophesy to the Israelites who were called nations because they didn’t follow God’s commandments?

 If you will read Jeremiah 46-51, you will find that these are prophecies against other nations surrounding Israel. They are collected at the end of the book, and yet you will find that they were given throughout the course of Jeremiah’s ministry. Jeremiah’s main focus was upon his own nation of Judah, but he also had prophecies for many of the nations that surrounded Judah on all sides. So these nations were the nations surrounding or near to Israel.