Friday: Inside Story – All Things Work Together for Good
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The Ethiopian Is Baptized

Like many young people in Africa, Siyoka had migrated from his home village to a larger town in search of a job. He lived with relatives and sent every penny he could back to his widowed mother and two younger brothers. It was the music that first attracted him to meetings held by Pastor Mbena, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Back to Egypt
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The Game

All through the book of Jeremiah, as through all the Bible, we are confronted with the question of good and evil. And as Christians we know good from evil, because God has defined these terms for us in many different ways. (See, for example, Rom. 7:7, Mic. 6:8, Josh. 24:15, Matt. 22:37-39, Deut. 12:8.) But … [Click to read more …]

Back to Egypt – Hit the Mark
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Man standing at a fork in a road with a choice to make

Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur. Fear is something we all know intimately. It manifests itself in our lives in various ways and when it does, we … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Back to Egypt
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Back to Egypt” 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 …]

Back to Egypt – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : After the destruction of Jerusalem, Israel goes deeper and deeper into sin in line with human nature. Jeremiah stayed with the people as God stays with us. Back to Egypt Lesson December 12-18, 2015/ 1. Have a volunteer read Jeremiah 41:16-18. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most … [Click to read more …]

When Spiritual Egypt is Safer than Spiritual Israel
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After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” That night Joseph left … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Taken Into Exile
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Golden Statue

Read Jeremiah 43:8-13. What did the Lord say through Jeremiah? Tahpanhes was a town at the northeastern border of Egypt, which had significant fortifications and where a great number of Jewish colonists lived. Here again, the Lord wants Jeremiah to act out a prophecy symbolically. Even though words are powerful, sometimes when things are done … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Returning to Egypt
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Man Opening Book With Nothing in It

If you haven’t read ahead, Jeremiah 42:1-22 could be very exciting. What will the people do? Would they reach out in faith, a faith that is revealed in obedience, and remain in Judah? Or would they make the same mistakes that were made in the past, and instead of following a clear thus saith the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Seeking Divine Guidance
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Man Using Bible As Telescope

Read Jeremiah 42:1-22. What powerful message is found there, not just for them, but for anyone who seeks guidance from the Lord in prayer? Fearful of the Babylonians, the people seek out Jeremiah and ask him to pray for them for divine guidance. They must have known by now that Jeremiah was indeed a prophet … [Click to read more …]