The Crisis Within and Without – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jeremiah’s message addressed a crisis that had been in the making through extended grace and increased apostasy that eventually led to exile. Lesson for October 3-9 1. Have a volunteer read Judges 2:1-3. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Swearing Falsely
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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
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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 …]

We’re All Okay, Right?
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…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 A couple of years ago I attended the “Best Weigh” program at my church. While I wanted to lose a little weight I was not aware of just how much weight I really needed to lose. The doctor … [Click to read more …]

The Crisis (Within and Without) – Discussion Starters
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Enigma

Current Lesson The crisis. How long can a crisis last? Consider the crisis in the Garden of Eden when our destinies were set in turmoil for thousands of years to come. In this quarter’s lessons, we look at the plight of human beings who deal with constant crisis. Were crises faced during Jeremiah’s service caused … [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 …]

The Prophetic Calling of Jeremiah – Hit the Mark
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Country pathway

God always has a plan. There is never an emergency that He has not already provisioned a solution. There is never a crisis that can find Him unaware or unprepared. He never sleeps nor slumbers. And often, as is the case with Jeremiah, He chooses leaders who are unsuspecting of the role they will play … [Click to read more …]