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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January 22, 2017

Jeremiah 24; 27; 29 - 31

Trusting God in Difficult Times

 (597-589 b.c.)

 

 

 

Take a look at the news and you will learn about people facing difficult times.  Whether it is thousands left homeless by killer storms, or an individual who has fallen victim to a ruthless criminal, all sorts of people face trouble.  You might be facing difficult times right now.  Perhaps the doctor has given you some bad news, or you have lost your job, or someone you love has messed up their life with immorality or drugs.

Where do you turn when difficulty or heartache comes your way?  While God may not eliminate your trouble, He can help you through it.  In this lesson you will learn that even though the Jews were facing bad times, God still had good plans for them.  If you belong to Jesus, God has good plans for you, too.

Historical Note: Nebuchadnezzar was the new king of Babylon and he soon became the dominant power in the Middle East.  His armies oppressed Judah and other nations, forcing them to pay taxes to Babylon.  In 604 b.c. (while Jehoiakim was king of Judah), Nebuchadnezzar took many Jews captive to Babylon, marking the beginning of the Babylonian Captivity.  In 597 b.c., Jehoiakim rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, who then seized him and took him to Babylon as a captive.  Jehoiakim’s son became king, but Nebuchadnezzar took him and more of the Jews captive only three months later.  Nebuchadnezzar then put Jehoiakim’s brother Zedekiah on the throne as king of Judah.  He reigned from 597 until Nebuchadnezzar finally destroyed Jerusalem in 586 b.c.

 

Jeremiah 24:1

What did the Lord show Jeremiah?

 

Jeremiah 24:2

What was different about the figs in the two baskets?

 

Jeremiah 24:5

Who did the good figs represent?

 

Jeremiah 24:6

What did God promise to do for them?

 

Jeremiah 24:7

What did He promise to give them?

 

Jeremiah 24:8

Who did the bad figs represent?

 

Jeremiah 24:9-10

What did God promise to do to them?

 

In chapter 27, God told Jeremiah to do something rather strange, to visually illustrate what the people of Jerusalem should do.

Jeremiah 27:2

What did the Lord tell Jeremiah to make?

 

Yokes are put on the necks of oxen, when using them to plow or pull heavy loads.  What was Jeremiah to do with the yokes?

 

Jeremiah 27:12

What did Jeremiah tell King Zedekiah?

 

Jeremiah gave the king a choice – submit to Nebuchadnezzar and live or resist him and die.  He warned him not to listen to the false prophets who promised God would drive away the Babylonians.

Jeremiah 29:1

God had a message for the Jews who were already captives in Babylon.  Jeremiah wrote them a letter.

 

Jeremiah 29:4

Who caused them to be taken away to Babylon?

 

Jeremiah 29:5-7

The Lord told the Jews in Babylon to build houses, plant gardens, marry, and raise children, because they were going to be there a long time.

 

Jeremiah 29:10

What did God promise?

 

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the ____________ that I think toward _____, saith the Lord, thoughts of _______, and not of _______, to give you an expected ______.”  God had a plan for the Jews and He has a plan for YOU.

 

Jeremiah 29:12-13

What else did God promise?

 

Jeremiah 30:3

What did the Lord promise again?

 

The Jews were still in captivity, but God promised to bring them back to their land.  They could believe and trust Him in hard times.

Since God is sovereign over history, He can look far into the future and reveal His plans.  Jeremiah 30:4-7 describes the “time of Jacob’s trouble” – the great Tribulation at the end of the ages.

Jeremiah 30:8-10

What will God do for the Jews after the Tribulation?

 

Jeremiah 30:18-22 describes Israel’s return to their land and their new relationship with God.  This continues in chapter 31.

Jeremiah 31:1

“At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the _______ of all the families of __________, and they shall be my __________.”

 

Jeremiah 31:3

“I have _______ thee with an _____________ love: therefore with loving kindness have I ______ thee.”

 

Jeremiah 31:4-12

Israel’s future is very bright!

 

Tucked in among God’s revelation of His good plans for Israel’s future are some prophecies relating to Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 31:15

What does this verse bring to mind?

 

Read Matthew 2:16-18.  Jeremiah’s prophecy was fulfilled when King Herod slaughtered the baby boys, trying to kill baby Jesus.

Jeremiah 31:22

“For the Lord hath created a _______ thing in the earth, A _________ shall compass a ______.” 

 

The word compass means to encircle or surround.  While the Virgin Mary carried the Lord Jesus in her womb, her body literally encircled and surrounded Him.  That virgin conception and birth of Jesus Christ was definitely a new thing!

Concluding Thoughts: Judah’s king had been snatched from the throne, many of her people taken away as captives, and a new king installed by an oppressive foreign monarch.  Judah was forced to pay taxes to Babylon and live under the constant threat of invasion and extermination.  The Lord said those already in captivity were safer than those still in Judah, since Judah was under the cruel yoke of Nebuchadnezzar.  Things looked pretty bad!

In the midst of those bad circumstances, God told the Jews there was reason for hope.  He said He had good plans for them, which included bringing them back to their land after 70 years of captivity.  He promised them a new relationship with Him in a glorious future kingdom, and even hinted at the birth of their long-awaited Messiah.  The Jews had ample reason to trust God!

What about you?  Are you facing difficult times?

How can you trust God in difficult times?  The answer is to cling to the promises God has given you in the Bible

The Bible is full of promises.  Look for promises that relate to your need or difficulty and commit them to memory.  The two memory verses listed below are a good starting point.  When discouraging thoughts come to mind, quote and cling to the promises found in those verses.

Are you willing to trust God?  If so, tell Him right now.  Ask Him to give you victory over the discouragement and depression that so easily comes during difficult times.  If you belong to God, He has a wonderful plan for your future.  Whatever your difficulty may be right now, the BEST is yet to come!

 

 

Project: Memorize Jeremiah 29:11 & 31:3.  When difficulties come your way, cling to those promises and trust God.  Come to Sunday School this Sunday.

 

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