Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Search The Scriptures -- Jeremiah 27 - 29

Study 18 – Jeremiah 27 and 28

1.      God had Jeremiah make a wooden yoke and wear it around his own neck as an illustrated sermon of the necessity of the five kings to submit to the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar the kind of Babylon. God basically tells these five kings that He alone is ruler over all and that nothing takes place without His permission.

2.      Jeremiah condemned the prophets for speaking what the people wanted to hear and what would make them popular rather than speaking the Word of the Lord.

3.      They both claimed to represent the Lord  and they both acknowledged the superiority of the Lord over the nation of Babylon. However, Hananiah proclaimed a swift return of what Babylon had carried off while Jeremiah proclaimed that Babylon would carry off even more. Jeremiah acknowledged that he wished that the word of Hananiah would come to pass, but never the less, he had to speak the word of the Lord and that very word was contrary to the word from Hananiah. Jeremiah draws a figurative line in the sand when he says, “the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true  (Jeremiah 28:9). By making this statement, Jeremiah is saying, “May God judge between you and I.” Unfortunately, there are very few men of God in our day that will stand up to false prophets and make such statements.

Study 19 – Jeremiah 29

1.      The Lord wanted the exiles to prepare for a 70 year stay in exile. He called for them to live at peace in the cities into which they were carried and to pray for those cities. He also warned that the remaining puppet regime in Jerusalem would likewise be carried off into exile. The words for the exiles were ones of compassion while the word for those still in Jerusalem was one of stern rebuke. He promised a future filled with hope for the exiles and a future of plague for those that remained.

2.      Our restoration is dependent upon our repentance and our seeking the face of the Lord in prayer.

3.      Jeremiah mentions: Ahab son of Kolaiah, Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, and Shemaiah the Nehelamite.  He denounced all three of them for prophesying falsely and he prophesied their demise.

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