At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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December 11, 2016

Jeremiah 2 - 6

Repent or Perish

 

 

 

Once there were two sisters named Julie and Isabel.  They were very close, shared their deepest thoughts, and did virtually everything together.  Their parents were not terribly surprised, therefore, when they both fell in love with fine young men and planned their weddings for the same summer.  Both of the girls’ husbands treated them wonderfully, provided for their needs, and showered them with love and affection.

After a few years of marriage, however, Isabel got into an adulterous relationship with another man.  Since the sisters talked almost daily, Julie saw the hurt and heartache caused by Isabel’s unfaithfulness.  Finally Isabel’s marriage ended in divorce.  Her home was destroyed, her children faced divided loyalty between their parents, and everyone involved suffered terribly.

Since Julie witnessed firsthand the pain caused by her sister’s adultery, you would think she would do everything in her power to avoid the same fate.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  She followed her sister’s path of adultery, divorce, and sorrow.

The story you just read is fictional, but as you study this lesson you will see the same story played out in Israel and Judah.

Jeremiah 2:5-7

List some of the good things God did for the Jews:

 

 

Jeremiah 2:8

How did the priests, pastors (shepherds or rulers), and prophets respond to God’s goodness?

 

Jeremiah 2:11

Heathen nations never abandon their false gods, but what did God’s people do?

 

Jeremiah 2:12

The Lord called the heavens to see an amazingly terrible thing, described in verse 13.

 

Jeremiah 2:13

“For my people have committed two _________; they have ____________ me the ____________ of living _________, and hewed them out __________, broken cisterns, that can ________ no _________.”

 

God was good to the Jews, but they forsook Him.  Rather than drinking the living water (John 4:10) He offered freely and abundantly, they foolishly dug their own pits for catching water (man-made religion), but their pits couldn’t even hold water.

Like the story that introduces this lesson, God spoke of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah as two sisters.

Jeremiah 3:6

What had Israel done?

 

Jeremiah 3:7-8

God invited Israel to repent, but they refused.  He “divorced” Israel by letting them be conquered and taken captive by the Assyrians in 722 b.c.  Judah saw this – did that cause them to turn back to God?

 

Jeremiah 3:9

What did Judah do?

 

Jeremiah 3:10

Was Judah’s repentance genuine?

 

Jeremiah 3:22

What did God offer to do for His children?

 

Chapter 5 describes the condition of Judah’s prophets and priests.

Jeremiah 5:11-12

How did they treat the lord?

 

Jeremiah 5:13

What does this say about the prophets?

 

Jeremiah 5:30

God described an amazing and horrible thing.

 

Jeremiah 5:31

“The prophets prophesy ___________, and the priests bear rule by their _________; and my people ________ to have it so.”

 

The prophets spoke lies, the priests ruled by their flesh rather than God’s Law, and the people LIKED it that way!  What a sad condition!  Do you see any similarities to modern America?

Jeremiah 6:6-8

Since they would not repent and return to the Lord, He promised to utterly destroy Jerusalem.

 

Jeremiah 6:9

How thorough would the destruction be?

 

Jeremiah 6:13

Describe the extent of their wickedness?

 

Jeremiah 6:15

How comfortable had they become with sin?

 

Does this sound anything like modern America?

 

In Jeremiah 6:16, God gave a formula for repentance:

Step one: Stand in the ways and see.  In other words, look at how bad the situation is.

Step two: Ask for the old paths, where is the good way.  In other words, look back at the way you used to live when you were right with God.

Step three: Walk in the good, old way.  In other words, go back to doing right, as you once did. 

God promised if they did those things they would find rest (peace and happiness) for their souls.  Sadly, the people refused.

Concluding Thoughts: The Lord was good to the Jews, but they forsook Him and followed lying prophets and fleshly priests.  He invited them to repent and told them how, but they refused.

Has God been good to you?  Have you forsaken Him?  God’s goodness can lead you to repent (Rom. 2:4).  Are you listening to lying prophets and ignoring the tragic example of others who have turned from God?  He invites you to repent – will you?

 

Project: Memorize Jeremiah 6:16.  Repent of your sins.

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