One Heart and One Way-Jeremiah 32-33

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Big IdeaA new heart is a single heart with one way and one path to live. The way to a happy life is a long obedience in the same direction.

"I will give them one heart and one way (singleness of heart and action), that they may fear me foreverfor their own good and the good of their children after them" (Jer 32:39).

The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. "Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Prov 4:23).

In Jeremiah 30-33( the Book of Consolation/Restoration), the first two chapters (ch. 30-31) are primarily in poetry and without specified historical setting, while the last two chapters (ch. 32-33) are in prose and given a very specific historical setting. The "tenth year of Zedekiah" (Jer 32:1) is 587 BC, the final year of the last king. The city of Jerusalem is under siege by the Babylonians and Jeremiah is in prison. The end is near for Zedekiah and for Jerusalem and all its inhabitants.

 

  • A knowing heart (Jer 24:7) [A heart to know God]. How does your heart come to know God?
  • An aching heart (Jer 29:11) [When your heart aches]. What do you need to believe when your heart aches?
  • A new heart (Jer 31:33-34) [Creating a new heart]. What does a new heart do for you?
  • A single heart (Jer 32:39) [One heart and one way]. How does having one heart help you and benefit you in all of life?

The heart of the matter is __ ________ __ ___ ______. Why is the heart so important (Prov 4:23; 1 Sam 16:7; Gen 6:5; Rom 10:10)?

Questions:

  • What does Jer 31:20 show about the heart of God (31:9)? Is there a parable of Jesus that expresses this?
  • What new thing will God do (31:22b)? How is the new covenant different from the old (31:31-34)? How certain is the fulfillment of God’s promise (31:35-37; 33:19-26)? How did Jesus fulfill it (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24; Lk 22:20; 1 Cor 11:23-26)?

 

  1. What year is the tenth year of Zedekiah (32:1; 1:3)? Where was Jeremiah (32:2; 33:1)? What would soon happen?
  2. What did God ask Jeremiah to do (32:7-8)? Though he obeyed, why did he struggle (32:24-25)? How does believing and living for the future and all eternity according to God’s promise affect our daily life and priorities? [I don’t know what my future holds but I know ____ ______ ___ ________.]
  3. What does God’s rhetorical question mean (32:26-27)? What does God state clearly (32:28-29, 30-35)? Despite the judgment, what will God do (32:36-41, 42-44)?
    • What is the heart?
    • What does it mean to fear God (39, 40 says, “I will put the fear of me in their hearts.”)?
    • What happens when we fear God? [“tob” (39,40,41) means “good, the good life, the blessed life.”]
    • What does “everlasting covenant” mean? What is it in contrast to (31:31-32)?
    • How will God bless his people (41)? [“soul” {nepesh} refers to one’s complete person or being.]
  4. Why does God state who he is (33:2)? Why should we call to God and how does he answer us (33:3)? What will God do for his people (6-8, 14-18)? Why do we need healing, cleansing and forgiveness (6,8)? With what result (9, 11)?

 

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