Tuesday: The Fall of Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Besieged by Babylon

The siege of Jerusalem began in earnest in January, 588 b.c., and lasted until the late summer of 586 b.c. Jerusalem had been able to hold out for more than two years before Jeremiah’s prophetic words were fulfilled, and the Babylonian troops broke through the wall and destroyed the city. Starvation was so bad inside … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Unhappy Reign of Zedekiah
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Jeremiah Taken Out of the Pit

Zedekiah, whose name means righteousness of Yahweh, was the last king on the throne of Judah before its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 b.c. At first he seemed to have been willing to obey the words of Jeremiah and submit to the Babylonians. However, this attitude did not last. Read Jeremiah 37:1-10. What was … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Weeping for Tammuz
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Glory

Though Jeremiah might have felt very much alone at times, he wasn’t. God had raised up Ezekiel, a contemporary, among the captives in Babylon, in order to comfort and to warn the exiles as well as to confirm what the Lord had been speaking through Jeremiah all these long and hard years. Through his ministry, … [Click to read more …]

The Ramblings of a Wimpy Christian
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Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23 NLT In Jesus’ time and place, when people picked up their cross, it was to die, just like Jesus picked up His cross to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Destruction of Jerusalem
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Read for This Week’s Study: Ezekiel 8:1-18, Rom. 1:22-25, Jer. 37:1-10, Jer. 38:1-6, Jer. 29:1-14, Dan. 9:2. Memory Text: Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV). Within a few … [Click to read more …]

Friday: God’s Saving Hand – Part 2
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The Chair

Treating the wounds was nearly as painful as the burns themselves. Every day nurses removed the bandages and soaked the burns in salt water. Then they gently scraped the burns to remove the dead skin. This would help prevent infection. The nurses taught Mrs. Banda how to wash the wounds and apply the medicine. She … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jeremiah’s Yoke
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Time of the End

As we have seen, people want to believe good news, not bad. They wanted to believe, for instance, in Hananiah’s message, not Jeremiah’s. Today the same thing happens as well. Many still insist, for instance, that our world will only improve over time. Yet, even an atheist like Terry Eagleton sees just how farcical that … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Trusting in Lies
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Man with mask and churches

Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie (Jer. 28:15). The answer about who was right, whether Jeremiah or Hananiah, came soon enough. Jeremiah 28:16-17 tells the fate of the false prophet, which was just what the true prophet had said it would be. … [Click to read more …]

Jeremiah’s Yoke – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : Jeremiah lived out his message in a personal way, as he abstained from a lot of social interaction. Jeremiah’s Yoke November 21-27, 2015 1. Have a volunteer read Jeremiah 16:1-8. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why did God … [Click to read more …]

Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees
Lars Justinen

Back in 1991 my wife and I leased an old red brick building in downtown Nampa, Idaho, as our art studio. For $200/month we got 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor of a 100-year-old building, including a large room we used as our photo studio. After a year we ended up hiring … [Click to read more …]