Monday, July 7, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 73 Wednesday

Jeremiah chapter 29

Jeremiah wrote a letter to the captives in Babylon during the reign of Zedekiah.

Does God issue any commands?

  • In Jeremiah's letter, God commanded the people who were captive in Babylon to settle into houses and make lives for themselves there.
  • God had Jeremiah tell the captives not to listen to the false prophets because they were not going to be soon returning to Jerusalem but would be captives there for 70 years.
  • God had Jeremiah reprove Shemaiah for the letters that he sent and the plans he set in motion.
  • God had Jeremiah to write a second letter to the captives to tell them to ignore the letter of Shemaiah.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised that even while the people were captive He had thoughts of peace and not of evil and had an expected end for their time of captivity.
  • God promised the people that at the end of 70 years they would call on him with their whole hearts and he would hear them.
  • God promised to return them to their homeland.
  • God promised that the false prophets Ahab and Zedekiah would be killed in front of the captives in Babylon.
  • God promised that Shemaiah would not see the good that God would do for His people.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Like Jeremiah, Jesus confronted the false prophets of his day.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • False prophets will be severely judged.

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