Wednesday: The New Covenant – Part 1
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God's Law

Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. What do these texts mean both in their immediate context and in ours today? Jeremiah uttered these words amid the greatest crisis the people had yet faced: the coming Babylonian invasion, when the nation was threatened with all but certain extinction. Here again, however, as in other places, the Lord offered them … [Click to read more …]

11 The Covenant – Thoughts for Discussion
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The Covenants. Were you just a bit surprised to see the introductory comment in our lesson guide stating that there is only one covenant? Have you struggled in school to learn the difference between the 1st and 2nd covenants? The old and the new? Have you ever been confused about the New Covenant occurring in … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Covenant at Sinai
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Israel Assembled at Mt Sinai

How was the covenant made between Israel and God at Mount Sinai? Exodus 24:1-18 Moses and some leaders went to Mount Sinai. These leaders included Aaron and his two sons, who represented the priests; and the 70 elders and leaders, who represented the nation. The men accompanying Moses had to stop from afar, but Moses was … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Covenant With Abraham
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Abraham descendants as stars

Read Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 15:1-5, Genesis 17:1-14. What do these texts tell us about what the Lord intended to do through the covenant He made with Abraham? The Abrahamic covenant of grace is fundamental to the entire course of salvation history. That’s why Paul used it to help explain the plan of salvation as it … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Covenant
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 9:1-17; Gen. 12:1-3; Gal. 3:6-9, Gal. 3:15-18; Exodus 24:1-18; Jer. 31:31-34; 1 Cor. 11:24-26. Memory Text: ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah’ (Jeremiah 31:31, NIV). Although the Bible speaks of covenants … [Click to read more …]

The Destruction of Jerusalem – Hit the Mark
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The Destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuzar-adan

Jerusalem was destroyed because of bad leadership. In spite of their favored status as a nation, their miraculous deliverance from bondage and their mighty triumphs against their national foes, God’s people forsook Him to worship and serve idols. Yes, the people were culpable in these crimes against heaven, yet had those in leadership been true … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Destruction of Jerusalem
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Petition

We are in continual danger of getting above the simplicity of the gospel. There is an intense desire on the part of many to startle the world with something original, that shall lift the people into a state of spiritual ecstasy, and change the present order of experience. There is certainly great need of a … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Seventy Years
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Woman Walking over Clocks

Jeremiah’s prophecies should have had a double effect on the thinking of the captives: on the one hand they should not believe what the false prophets were saying, and on the other hand they should not be dispirited. He asked his captive countrymen to pray for Babylon. This request might have surprised those who had … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: All Your Heart
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Hands Heart Transparent Box

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jer. 29:13, NIV). What has been your own experience with this promise? What does with all your heart mean? The Lord knows the beginning from the end. Even while people in Jerusalem were still fighting the Babylonians, still hoping that … [Click to read more …]