Rebuke and Retribution – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : Sin pervades every aspect of human existence. Jeremiah experienced this when his life was threatened because of the message he preached.. Rebuke and Retribution, October 17-23, 2015 1. Have a volunteer read Jeremiah 17:1-5. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Rebuke and Retribution – Hit the Mark

A woman kneeling and holding her broken heart.

Following God in this world involves suffering. Let’s accept the fact that suffering comes with the territory of being a believer in a world that is not our home. To be true to God will cost you. It cost Jeremiah a lot. Everyone wants to be loved and well thought of. None in their right … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Inside Story – Nothing But Faith, Part 1

School in Africa

John grew up knowing that God was calling him to become a minister. When he tried to ignore or avoid the call, he found that he could not. In Zimbabwe, work for students is nearly impossible to find, so John had to rely on his mother to pay his school fees when he enrolled at … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Rebuke and Retribution

temptation tempt devil

Jeremiah struggled with a question that we all do: how do we make sense of evil? But maybe that’s the problem, trying to make sense of what’s not sensible, what could even be deemed as nonsense. In this regard, Ellen G. White wrote: It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Desperate Situation

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Read Jeremiah 14:1-10. What is happening here? Drought struck all of the land; every city, town, and village suffered. The poor and the rich suffered together. Not even the wildlife could bear the lack of water. The aristocrats waited for their servants at the city gates, hoping they had found water, but the springs had … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A Lament

Man With Bible Yelling With Fire Through Megaphone

In the earliest chapters of Jeremiah, the Lord had warned his servant that his work as a prophet was not going to be easy. At the time of his calling, Jeremiah was told that Judah’s princes, kings, priests, and people would fight against [him] (Jer. 1:19). Although he was told that the Lord would sustain … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Rebuke and Retribution

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Rebuke and Retribution” 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 …]

Why Rebukes Make Me Feel Loved and Secure

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Proverbs 27:6 NLT Long ago, I was writing a blog post about humor. I compared the humor of my friends in different areas. Just a few minutes after publishing my post, I got a call from a friend here where I live. He told me I better … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Warning to Jeremiah

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). The sad story of Jeremiah is that the opposition he faced came from the very ones that, through him, the Lord was trying to save. The Lord wanted to … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Sin of Judah

Toxic Sin

Certainly, Jeremiah’s task was not going to be easy. Maybe some people might find perverse pleasure in pointing out people’s sins, but most would find it to be very unappealing work, especially because of the reactions their words would provoke. Though some, when they hear the words of rebuke, might repent and reform, that’s usually … [Click to read more …]