Wednesday: The Babylonian Threat
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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
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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
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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
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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 …]

Sabbath: The Crisis (Within and Without)
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Read for This Week’s Study: Judg. 2:1-15; 1 Kings 12:26-31; 2 Chron. 33:9-10; Jer. 2:1-28; Jer. 5:2-3. Memory Text: ‘Israel was holiness to the Lord. The firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; disaster will come upon them,’ says the Lord (Jeremiah 2:3, NKJV). If we could pick one word to describe … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Crisis (Within and Without)
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Crisis (Within and Without)” 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 lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – A Most Satisfying Career (Part 1)
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Their Stealing From Church

Harry and Alex* worked as security guards in Malawi. They often talked to break up the boredom. One night Alex said, I have an idea how we could earn some extra money. What’s that? Harry asked, interested. We could use our rifles in a little side business, Alex said, lifting his gun. Rich people have … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Prophetic Calling of Jeremiah
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Men Accusing Each Other

Martin Luther wrote about the prophet in the introduction of his commentary to the book of Jeremiah: Jeremiah was a sad prophet, who lived in a deplorable and difficult period and, what is more, his prophetic service was extremely difficult as he was struggling and fighting with a bad-tempered and stubborn people. Apparently he did … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Almond Branch
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Arrows to the Bible

The prophet is God’s witness; his job is to speak not for himself but for God alone. Jeremiah wasn’t called to find solutions to the problems of the nation, or to become a great personality or charismatic leader whom the people would follow. Jeremiah had the singular mission to transmit the words of God to … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Reluctant Prophets
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Many Mouths Giving Advice

Despite the Lord’s assurance that Jeremiah had been divinely chosen for this task, the young man was frightened and didn’t feel up to it. Perhaps knowing the spiritual state of people at the time, which wasn’t good, and knowing what needed to be done, Jeremiah didn’t want the job. Compare Jeremiah 1:6 with Isaiah 6:5 … [Click to read more …]