What Are You Worth?

He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16 NLT George W. Jenkins not only began his Publix grocery store incorporation during the depression, but he also set up several foundations and charities so that even after his … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – The Unexpected Answer

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


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 …]

HopeSS: The Last Five Kings of Judah

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Last Five Kings of Judah” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Dark Years

Sheep and Sneaky Predator

What became of Israel and Jerusalem after rejecting God’s message? Jer. 39:8-9. Everything that God had warned them would happen to them is exactly what happened. However much they didn’t want to believe the warnings, they certainly did believe them after it all came to pass. Who hasn’t, even on a personal level, experienced something … [Click to read more …]

The Last Five Kings of Judah – Teaching Plan

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. The Last Five Kings of Judah, October 10-16, 2015 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Chronicles 34:29-33. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]

The Last Five Kings of Judah – Discussion Starters

Josiah discovers the law.

Lesson on The Last Five Kings of Judah 1.       Judah’s last 5 kings. What a disgrace. God’s people. God’s vision for them. Did the people of Judah reveal what they thought of God their ruler? Did God share what He thought of His wayward children? Why didn’t these kings show any sign of angst for … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: At the End of the Dead End

Destruction of Jerusalem

Read 2 Chronicles 36:11-14. What do these verses tell us about the last king of Judah before the final destruction of the nation? What spiritual principles of apostasy are revealed in these texts? Zedekiah (also known as Mattaniah) took the throne at the age of 21, placed there by Nebuchadnezzar as a puppet king. Unfortunately, … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Short Reign of King Jehoiachin of Judah

Hope With Open Door

The nineteenth king of Judah became Jehoiachin, son of Jehoiakim. He reigned on David’s throne for barely three and a half months. In 598 b.c. Nebuchadnezzar brought his forces to Jerusalem and seized the 18-year-old king with his mother, his wives, and many other royal captives. In 561 b.c., in the thirty-seventh year of his … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim: Another Descent

Israel Enslaved

Jehoahaz (also known as Shallum) was 23 years old when he succeeded his father on the throne. His reign lasted only three months. Pharaoh replaced him with his brother because Jehoahaz was not favorable toward Egyptian politics. Jehoahaz was taken to Egypt, and there he died. (See 2 Chron. 36:4, 2 Kings 23:31-34.) The king … [Click to read more …]