Jeremiah (week 5)

Wednesday, 07 May 2008 16:09

Jeremiah is often referred to as the “Weeping Prophet." You can see why he was crying from your study of his writings. Although the book of Lamentations does not say who wrote it, there is little doubt that it was Jeremiah.

Week Five Lamentations 1 – 5

Lamentations

 

 

 

As mentioned in the introduction to this study, Jeremiah is often referred to as the “Weeping Prophet”. You can see why he was crying from your study of his writings.

 

Although the book of Lamentations does not say who wrote it, there is little doubt that it was Jeremiah. There is also the reference in II Chronicles 35:25 that mentions Jeremiah writing laments.

 

Jeremiah, though, is not just crying in bitterness and depression. He doesn’t blame God, nor does He question God’s justice. You will see in the scriptures you are about to read that he clearly understands the need to confess sin and own up to its consequences.

 

Also, you will see in the midst of this lamenting a beautiful description of God’s unfailing love and mercy (3:22 – 24). Hopefully the words found there will not only be remembered when you sing the song that inspired it, but they will also be the conviction of your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Verse

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:22 – 24

 

 


Week Five Jeremiah and Lamentations

Day

1

Lamenting over the Fate of Jerusalem

Read Lamentations 1 – 2.

 

a. These two chapters are acrostic poems, like some of the Psalms. Each of the twenty-two verses in Chapter 1, and likewise in Chapter 2, begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Their tone definitely fits the title of this book. What stands out to you about the lament found here?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b. Meditate and pray that your life will avoid the need for this lamenting. Also, pray that your ministry to the world around you will not be what is described in 2:14.

 

Day

2

Taking it Personally

Read Lamentations 3.

 

a. When something goes wrong in the fellowship, we are often told to not take it personally. Jeremiah was not at fault with what happened to Jerusalem. Yet, he expresses here his deep personal attachment to his countrymen’s fate. These 66 verses are again in acrostic format, each group of three verses beginning with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. What stands out to you from Jeremiah’s personal lament, and yet his faithful convictions found here? (You might recognize the song “The Steadfast Love of the Lord” coming from 3:22 – 24).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b. Think about how to apply this to your life today.

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Week Five Jeremiah and Lamentations

Day

3

Confession and Prayer for Intercession

Read Lamentations 4 – 5.

 

a. Jeremiah continues his crying over Jerusalem. But he gives a heart filled, sincere confession in Chapter 4. No excuses – true confession. Summarize that confession, especially made clear in 4:13.

 

 

 

 

b. He closes the book with prayer to God in Chapter 5. What stands out to you in that prayer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c. What do you learn from this to apply to your life today?

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Day

4

Review

 

 

Use this time to reread Jeremiah and Lamentations or portions of them, using a different version than the one you usually use, or work on the memory verses that you have memorized, or review the statements that you wrote each week about your convictions, see how you’re doing with them, and pray for deep convictions, or catch up with any of the days that you missed or had to rush, or whatever else you want to do.


Day

5

Review

 

 

Use this time to reread Jeremiah and Lamentations or portions of them, using a different version than the one you usually use, or work on the memory verses that you have memorized, or review the statements that you wrote each week about your convictions, see how you’re doing with them, and pray for deep convictions, or catch up with any of the days that you missed or had to rush, or whatever else you want to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Five Summary

Lamentations

 

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 16

Recommended Song: The Steadfast Love of the Lord

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