Jeremiah Writes a Scroll
November 25, 2012
Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34
Key Verses: “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33
Time: About 620 B.C.E.
Since Last Week: Jeremiah was a prophet who spoke during the time when Egypt held power over Judah, and then when Babylon conquered Egypt and took over rule of Judah. Jeremiah spoke between the writings of First Isaiah and Second Isaiah.
Background: When the Babylonian king, Nebuchadrezzar, conquered Judah, he did three things that weakened the Israelites’ faith in God. First, he destroyed the kingly succession of David that God had promised 400 years earlier. Second, he destroyed the temple of Solomon. Finally, he shattered the Israelites’ faith in an invincible Jerusalem. Jeremiah proclaimed that God caused the people’s suffering in response to the Israelites’ sinful ways. Jeremiah wrote his words on a scroll, perhaps offering relief from suffering if they changed their ways. But King Jehoiakim burned the scroll, and power shifted from Egypt to Babylon, ending his reign. God promised to write the law on people’s hearts so that they would know God, even in the time of turmoil.
Community: Is it possible to change the behavior of an entire community? What part might you play in improving your community’s behavior?
At Home: What does it mean for you that God has written God’s word on your heart? What evidence will others find that God’s word is written on your heart?
Read This Week:
Monday: Israel Is Like an Unfaithful Spouse, Jeremiah 3:1-5, 4:1-4
Tuesday: Mourning for the People, Jeremiah 8:18-9:3
Wednesday: God Will Restore Israel, Jeremiah 16:14-21
Thursday: The Potter and the Clay, Jeremiah 18:1-11
Friday: Lamenting a Fallen City, Lamentations 1:1-22
Saturday: God Will Restore Israel and Judah, Jeremiah 30:1-24
Next Week: Daniel in a Lion’s Den, Daniel 6:6-27