Jeremiah (week 3)

Wednesday, 09 April 2008 16:20

The people of Jeremiah’s day were hearing a lot about what was going to happen because of their sins. God was not pleased with the false prophets who were trying to give them a false sense of hope and peace.

Week Three Jeremiah 27 – 38
God’s Plans for Us



Do you ever wonder what God’s plan is for your life?

The people of Jeremiah’s day were hearing a lot about what was going to happen because of their sins. God was not pleased with the false prophets who were trying to give them a false sense of hope and peace. But, on the other hand, God did want them to know the true sense of hope.

You have already read that God told them that they would be in captivity for 70 years. You will read in these next chapters a repeat of that promise. But you will also read about the hopeful future that God had planned for them. Jeremiah 29:11 – 13 is a passage that is quoted often, because it tells us that God does have a plan for our life, and it is a good plan. You will now read it in the context of its original message. Imagine, as you read it, how the people of Jeremiah’s day felt about it.

Then, as you always do with scripture, put yourself into the picture. Let your faith grow and your perseverance strengthen as you read and believe. God has a plan for you.


Memory Verse

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Week Three Jeremiah and Lamentations



Jeremiah’s Yoke

Read Jeremiah 27 – 28.

a. Jeremiah wore a yoke (27:2). This was used to illustrate his prediction that all nations, including Judah, would serve _______________ (27:3, 12).

What did Jeremiah say about the prophets who predicted otherwise (27:9, 14, 16)?

b. Hananiah, the false prophet predicted that the yoke of Babylon would be broken within 2 years (28:3). What was Jeremiah’s reply to him?

c. Hananiah broke the yoke Jeremiah was wearing (28:10). God said that he would die within the year and he does so two months later (28:16 – 17). What does that teach you?

d. Meditate on these thoughts and think about God’s work in your life today.



The Comfort of God’s Plans for Us

Read Jeremiah 29 – 31.

a. Jeremiah wrote this letter to those sent in the first exile. He told them that it would be a long time (70 years), so they should settle there. Some thought of this as treason, so Shemaiah sent a letter to have Jeremiah punished (29:24 – 32). Read Daniel 9:2 and see what Daniel’s reaction was to Jeremiah’s prediction.

b. The words about God’s plans for us (29:11 – 13) have often been a great source of comfort. What do you get out of them?

c. Chapters 30 – 31 beautifully describe the new covenant. What stands out to you, especially from 31:33 – 34?

d. Meditate on your covenant with God today.

Week Three Jeremiah and Lamentations



Standing on the Promises

Read Jeremiah 32 – 33.

a. While Jeremiah was in prison and the city was being attacked, he bought a field (32:2 – 7). What was that illustrating (32:15)?

b. God said that He would inspire them to fear Him (32:40). What do you think that means?

c. They were told that their attempts at defense would fail (33:4 – 5). On the other hand, what did God promise them that He would do (33:6 – 10)?

d. Hopefully, you have noticed how often the covenant promises are mentioned in Jeremiah (for instance 32:38). What did God say about His ability to keep His end of the promises (33:19 – 21)?

e. Pray again about your ability to keep your end of the covenant promises.



Obedience and Disobedience

Read Jeremiah 34 – 35.

a. Jeremiah 34:1 – 7 is a message to King Zedekiah. Summarize that message.

b. King Zedekiah, perhaps as a result of Jeremiah’s ministry to him, had everyone release their slaves (34:8 – 10). But what happened later (34:11)?

What was God’s reaction to that (34:12 – 22)?

c. The Recabite family was lifted up in Chapter 35 as an example of obedience, in contrast with the disobedience of the day. What stands out to you in this passage?

d. Think and pray about your example of obedience in your world.

Week Three Jeremiah and Lamentations



Lack of Respect for God’s Word

Read Jeremiah 36 – 38.

a. Jeremiah had a letter written on a scroll and sent to King Jehoikim. What was the king’s response to the letter (36:23)?

What do you learn from that?

b. Jeremiah was falsely accused of desertion and thrown in prison (chapter 37). Later, he was thrown in a pit (chapter 38). What did Jesus say about the way prophets were treated (Matthew 5:11 – 12; 23:37)?

Should you expect anything different?

c. The next king, Zedekiah, had a private conversation with Jeremiah (38:14 – 28). What wise advice did Jeremiah give him?

d. What do you learn from all of this to apply to your life today?

Week Three Summary

God’s Plans for Us

Deep Conviction: did you get it?

As you close this week’s study, write a summary of your convictions.

Put it in your heart.

Quote the memory verse for the week.

Share it.

Call or visit someone and share your thoughts from this week’s studies.

Prepare for worship and fellowship.

Recommended Scripture: Psalm 145

Recommended Song: Standing on the Promises

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