Monday: Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim: Another Descent

Israel Enslaved

Jehoahaz (also known as Shallum) was 23 years old when he succeeded his father on the throne. His reign lasted only three months. Pharaoh replaced him with his brother because Jehoahaz was not favorable toward Egyptian politics. Jehoahaz was taken to Egypt, and there he died. (See 2 Chron. 36:4, 2 Kings 23:31-34.) The king … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Under the Rule of Josiah

money pursuit fortune

Josiah was the sixteenth king to rule in the Southern Kingdom; his dates were 640-609 b.c. He became king at the age of eight, after more than half a century of moral and spiritual decline under his father (Amon) and grandfather (Manasseh), two of the most evil kings in Judah. Josiah’s reign lasted for thirty-one … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Last Five Kings of Judah

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Chronicles 34:1-33, Jer. 22:1-19, Jer. 29:1-14, 2 Chron. 36:11-14, Jer. 23:2-8. Memory Text: He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?(Jeremiah 22:16, NIV). Famed Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky spent four years in a Siberian … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – A Crisis (Within and Without)

Imprisioned People Fellowshipping

A Most Satisfying Career – Part 2 Some Christian lay workers visited the prison each week to teach prisoners about God. One of the prisoners invited Harry to join them. He went, but his mind focused on a way to escape from prison. A lay worker gave him a book called The Great Controversy. Harry … [Click to read more …]

Friday – Further Thought: The Crisis (Within and Without)

Serpent Wrapped Around a Heart

Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes (Deut. 12:8). When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Swearing Falsely

Solomon's Temple

In Jeremiah 5:1, the Lord tells the people to run through the streets and see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her [Jerusalem] (ESV). This brings to mind two stories. One is from an ancient Greek philosopher of the fourth century b.c. named Diogenes … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Babylonian Threat

Mighty Babylon

The background to the political events that shaped the ministry of Jeremiah are, to some degree, lost to history. That is, many of the details are not available. But we do have in the Bible (with the help of archaeological finds) more than enough information to have a general picture of what took place. Though … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Two Evils

Bible Full of Water

It was against this background that the young Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry. The word of the Lord came to him, and he spoke it in hopes that the people, if they would heed these words, would be spared the ruin that otherwise was sure to come. Read Jeremiah 2:1-28 and answer the following questions: … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Two Kingdoms

Revolt of Jeroboam

After the division of the nation, things went from bad to worse. In the Northern Kingdom, King Jeroboam made some terrible spiritual choices that had a long-lasting impact for evil. Read 1 Kings 12:26-31. What should this tell us about how immediate circumstances can so blind our judgment? The king’s introduction of idolatrous worship helped … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Quick History

Signs Showing Directions to Many Paths

When the Israelites had finally entered the Promised Land, after years of wandering in the wilderness, it wasn’t long before troubles began. All it took was for a new generation to arise, one that didn’t know the Lord (Judg. 2:10), and a spiritual crisis started that, in many ways, infected the nation all through its … [Click to read more …]