Friday: Further Thought – Rebuke and Retribution
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 …]

Monday: The Sin of Judah
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Toxic Sin

Certainly, Jeremiah’s task was not going to be easy. Maybe some people might find perverse pleasure in pointing out people’s sins, but most would find it to be very unappealing work, especially because of the reactions their words would provoke. Though some, when they hear the words of rebuke, might repent and reform, that’s usually … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Rebuke and Retribution
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Read for This Week’s Study: Jer. 17:5-10, Jer. 17:1-4, Jer. 11:18-23, John 3:19, Jer. 12:1-6, Jer. 14:1-16. Memory Text: Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise (Jeremiah 17:14, NKJV). What has been is what will be, and what has been done … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – The Unexpected Answer
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African Women Grinding Corn

A small group of Adventists in Malawi planned to hold evangelistic meetings. On the first night of the meetings we were disappointed when only a few people came. We prayed, but attendance hovered around 30. Some suggested that we cancel the meetings, but the speaker refused. If we pray earnestly, he said, God will make … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Last Five Kings of Judah
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Rescue

In the closing years of Judah’s apostasy the exhortations of the prophets were seemingly of but little avail; and as the armies of the Chaldeans came for the third and last time to besiege Jerusalem, hope fled from every heart. Jeremiah predicted utter ruin; and it was because of his insistence on surrender that he … [Click to read more …]