Tuesday: A Fire in His Bones

Colorful Heart

Jeremiah’s harsh words to Pashur and the nation (Jer. 20:4-6) weren’t his own; they were not uttered out of his anger at having been locked in the stocks for a day. They were the Lord’s words to him for the people. What comes after, though, comes directly from Jeremiah’s own heart, written down under the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jeremiah in the Stocks

Stocks, punishment

The job of the prophets has always been to convey God’s message, not to count how many people accept or reject it. Generally, the number of those who accept what the prophets preach at the time they are preaching it is low. For example, though we don’t know how many were alive at the time … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Godless Priests and Prophets


Removed as we are by more than two thousand years chronologically from Judah, and perhaps even further removed culturally and socially, it’s hard for us to understand all that was going on in the time of Jeremiah. When reading the Bible, especially the harsh warnings and threats that God uttered against the people, many people … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: More Woes For The Prophet


Read for This Week’s Study: Jeremiah 23:14-15; Jer. 20:1-18; Acts 2:37; Job 3:1-26; Jer. 18:1-10, Jer. 18-23. Memory Text: O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me (Jeremiah 20:7). One thing anyone who has followed the Lord … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Nothing But Faith, Part 1

School in Africa

John grew up knowing that God was calling him to become a minister. When he tried to ignore or avoid the call, he found that he could not. In Zimbabwe, work for students is nearly impossible to find, so John had to rely on his mother to pay his school fees when he enrolled at … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Rebuke and Retribution

temptation tempt devil

Jeremiah struggled with a question that we all do: how do we make sense of evil? But maybe that’s the problem, trying to make sense of what’s not sensible, what could even be deemed as nonsense. In this regard, Ellen G. White wrote: It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Desperate Situation

Image © David Sorensen from GoodSalt.com

Read Jeremiah 14:1-10. What is happening here? Drought struck all of the land; every city, town, and village suffered. The poor and the rich suffered together. Not even the wildlife could bear the lack of water. The aristocrats waited for their servants at the city gates, hoping they had found water, but the springs had … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A Lament

Man With Bible Yelling With Fire Through Megaphone

In the earliest chapters of Jeremiah, the Lord had warned his servant that his work as a prophet was not going to be easy. At the time of his calling, Jeremiah was told that Judah’s princes, kings, priests, and people would fight against [him] (Jer. 1:19). Although he was told that the Lord would sustain … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Rebuke and Retribution

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Rebuke and Retribution” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Warning to Jeremiah


And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). The sad story of Jeremiah is that the opposition he faced came from the very ones that, through him, the Lord was trying to save. The Lord wanted to … [Click to read more …]