Haftaras Shemos (Sephardic custom, Jeremiah 1:1-2:3)
Jeremiah, like Moses, was a reluctant prophet, who was convinced that he was unqualified to accept the great mission thrust upon him by G-d. And like Moses, he tried to refuse, though not nearly so strenuously or for so long. He, too, feared that the people would not accept him and might even harm him. The fact is that at one point in his prophetic career he was thrown into a dungeon for daring to tell Jerusalem what it did not wish to hear. Nevertheless, G-d commanded him to go and prophesy, and guaranteed that He would protect him from harm.
God showed Jeremiah prophetic symbols of his mission and sent him to tell the complacent citizens of Judah that their destruction would descend upon them from the "North," in the form of Nebuchadnezzar and his conquering Babylonian army, which indeed destroyed the Temple and exiled the people.
But Jeremiah's first words to the Jewish people were an expression of Divine love that to this day is one of the most familiar prophetic utterances. G-d never forgets Israel's loyalty to Him since its first emergence as a nation. He may be forced to respond to its iniquities by punishments. but that necessity does not lessen His love, and thus Israel is assured that it will survive and prosper once again.