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October 2015

A thought from this week’s lesson (10/24/15 – 10/30/15 – More Woes for Jeremiah)

Sometimes I think, “I won’t talk about his message anymore.
    I’ll never speak in his name again.”
But then your message burns in my heart.
    It’s like a fire deep inside my bones.
I’m tired of holding it in.
    In fact, I can’t.  Jeremiah 20:9 NIRV

If you get a chance read Jeremiah 20 before tomorrow’s discussion. Read it a few times and share your thought on this passage.  You can reply in the comment area below.

In particular, I’d like your thoughts on these questions:

  1. What, if anything, jumps out at you from this passage?
  2. Does anything of what happened to Jeremiah (as described in chapter 20) strike you as odd?
  3. Do you find any of his reaction odd?  Does any of it sound similar to your own experience(s)?

Continue reading “A thought from this week’s lesson (10/24/15 – 10/30/15 – More Woes for Jeremiah)”

This week’s lesson – 10/24/15 – 10/30/15

This week’s lesson – More Woes for Jeremiah

“O Lord, You induced me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am in derision daily; Everyone mocks me.” (Jer. 20:7).

In Jeremiah 18:11-17, we find the Lord telling His people to stop doing the things that they are doing. Jeremiah 18:11 says: So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions (NIV). Jeremiah 18:12 basically has the Lord saying that He already knows they won’t listen to His warnings and pleas but that they will continue to walk in thestubbornness of [their] evil hearts (Jer. 18:12, NIV). Continue reading “This week’s lesson – 10/24/15 – 10/30/15”

A thought from this week’s lesson (10/17 – 10/23 – Rebuke and Retribution)

Today’s lesson had me thinking a little bit.  The first paragraph below is for context.  The second paragraph is the one I want to comment on and on which I have a few questions that I hope we will get a chance to discuss during our Sabbath School discussion this Sabbath. Continue reading “A thought from this week’s lesson (10/17 – 10/23 – Rebuke and Retribution)”

This week’s lesson – 10/17/15 – 10/23/15

This week’s lesson – Rebuke and Retribution

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise” (Jer. 17:14, NKJV).

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. Continue reading “This week’s lesson – 10/17/15 – 10/23/15”

A thought from this week’s lesson (10/10 – 10/16 – The Five Last Kings of Judah)

This is what the Lord said to me: “Go over and speak directly to the king of Judah. Say to him,  ‘Listen to this message from the Lord, you king of Judah, sitting on David’s throne. Let your attendants and your people listen, too.  This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent! Jeremiah 22:1-3

These words are of such relevance to us today.  What if we as Christians went to all the people who hold power in our lives and demanded the same things God asked Jeremiah to demand of his king?  Jeremiah was doing what God had asked him to do, but for us to have the credibility to ask such things from our leaders, as Christians, we would need to start with ourselves. Continue reading “A thought from this week’s lesson (10/10 – 10/16 – The Five Last Kings of Judah)”

This week’s lesson: 10/10/15 – 10/16/15

This week’s lesson: The Last Five Kings of Judah

” ‘He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?’ declares the Lord” (Jer. 22:16, NIV)

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 had finally been thrown into prison. Continue reading “This week’s lesson: 10/10/15 – 10/16/15”

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