Wednesday: Taken Into Exile
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Golden Statue

Read Jeremiah 43:8-13. What did the Lord say through Jeremiah? Tahpanhes was a town at the northeastern border of Egypt, which had significant fortifications and where a great number of Jewish colonists lived. Here again, the Lord wants Jeremiah to act out a prophecy symbolically. Even though words are powerful, sometimes when things are done … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Returning to Egypt
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Man Opening Book With Nothing in It

If you haven’t read ahead, Jeremiah 42:1-22 could be very exciting. What will the people do? Would they reach out in faith, a faith that is revealed in obedience, and remain in Judah? Or would they make the same mistakes that were made in the past, and instead of following a clear thus saith the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Seeking Divine Guidance
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Man Using Bible As Telescope

Read Jeremiah 42:1-22. What powerful message is found there, not just for them, but for anyone who seeks guidance from the Lord in prayer? Fearful of the Babylonians, the people seek out Jeremiah and ask him to pray for them for divine guidance. They must have known by now that Jeremiah was indeed a prophet … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Political Anarchy
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Two men standing on unstable ground.

One would think that with the destruction of the city and the total defeat by the Babylonians, all the people would have learned their lesson. Unfortunately, not all did, and the drama wasn’t over yet. Read Jeremiah 40:7-16. What message was given (again) to the people? What is the significance of the word remnantused in … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Back to Egypt
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Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Jer. 40:7-16, Jeremiah 41-43, Exod. 16:3, Num. 16:13, Jeremiah 44:1-30. Memory Text: May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us (Jeremiah 42:5, NIV). This week’s lesson brings us toward … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Cry of the Kalahari: Part 2
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Deer at Edge of Woods

The desert sun streamed down mercilessly as the little man crept forward with his bow. From his thin, wrinkled appearance one might suppose he was in his seventies, but his body was accustomed to the scarcity of food and water, and his reflexes were lightning fast. Steeped in the accumulated wisdom of his ancestors, he … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Covenant
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Rainbow Across Blue Sky

As we saw, the Bible teaches that the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenantal promise never to destroy the earth by water again. Sure, thanks to science, we now know that a rainbow occurs when sunlight is both refracted and reflected in drops of water, dispersing the light at various angles. Light enters a … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The New Covenant – Part 2
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Given for You

The prophecy of Jeremiah about the new covenant contains a double application: first, it refers to Israel’s return to God and His bringing them home; second, it refers to the work of Jesus the Messiah, whose death ratified the covenant and would change the relationship between humans and God. It’s in the New Covenant that … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The New Covenant – Part 1
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God's Law

Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. What do these texts mean both in their immediate context and in ours today? Jeremiah uttered these words amid the greatest crisis the people had yet faced: the coming Babylonian invasion, when the nation was threatened with all but certain extinction. Here again, however, as in other places, the Lord offered them … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Covenant at Sinai
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Israel Assembled at Mt Sinai

How was the covenant made between Israel and God at Mount Sinai? Exodus 24:1-18 Moses and some leaders went to Mount Sinai. These leaders included Aaron and his two sons, who represented the priests; and the 70 elders and leaders, who represented the nation. The men accompanying Moses had to stop from afar, but Moses was … [Click to read more …]