A HEART To Know God-Jeremiah 24-28

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Big idea: A Heart To Know God…even when things fall apart and the darkness is coming (Jeremiah 24-28)

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).

Jeremiah lived during the worst period of his nation's history. He predicted and saw with his own eyes the defeat and destruction of his people, city, temple and nation. Two peoms--by Yeats and Dylan--perphaps capture in words their dire situation. Two lines best sum up their times (and perhaps our times as well): Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.

The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats, 1919 

Things fall apartthe center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand…

Not Dark Yet, Bob Dylan

Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well my sense of humanity is going down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing, there's been some kind of pain
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well I been to London and I been to gay Paree
I followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down to the bottom of a whirlpool of lies
I ain't lookin' for nothin' in anyone's eyes

Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

I was born here and I'll die here, against my will
I know it looks like I'm movin' but I'm standin' still

Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear the murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Read Jeremiah 24-28

24: The good accept exile to Babylon.

25: Refusing to listen for 23 years.

26: Jeremiah must die!

27: Serve Nebuchadnezzar as God’s servant.

28: False Bible teaching leads to the Bible teacher’s death.

  1. (24:1-10) The good figs represent the e_____ (5). What will God do for them (6-7; 31:33-34; Eze 36:26-27)? The bad figs refuse God’s pun_______ of e____ and some escape to E____ (8)? What happens to them (9-10)?
  2. (25:1-16) The fourth year of Jehoiakim (1) is when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated Egypt (and Assyria) at the Battle of C_________ (46:2) in ___ B.C. It is the year t_____ f___ a____ in the Ancient Near East. This should not surprise the Judeans because Jeremiah had been warning them for __ years (2-6; 3:22). How did they respond to Jeremiah’s faithful preaching (3b,4,7,8; 7:25-26)? Why (5:21; 6:10)? With what result (9-11, 15-38)? In judgment what is God like (30,38)? What does this suggest (9-11, 15-16, 27, 29, 31-32)? What happens after 70 years (11-14)?
  3. (26:1-11) What is God’s hope and desire (3; 3:22)? How did the people respond to Jeremiah’s temple sermon (7-11; 7:1-15)?
  4.  (27:1-11) Who is God (5)? How would the king and the people feel about being subject to Nebuchadnezzer as God’s servant (6-8)? Who opposes Jeremiah’s message (9, 14, 16, 17a)? What is the way to life (11, 17b)? To death (8)?
  5. (28:1-17) How convincing and “biblical” was Hananiah’s message (1-5, 10-11)? What is Jeremiah’s response (6-9, 12-16)? What happened to Hananiah (17)?

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