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Jeremiah 51:1-64  — Oracle Against Babylon – Part 2

Jeremiah 51:1-64 — Oracle Against Babylon – Part 2

BIG IDEA: THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON (TO POUR OUT GOD’S WRATH AND SECURE THE RELEASE OF GOD’S REMNANT) IS DESCRIBED IN A SERIES OF GRAPHIC IMAGESINTRODUCTION:These oracles against the nations reach their pinnacle in the scathing account of destructive judgment against...
Jeremiah 50:1-46  — Oracle Against Babylon – Part 1

Jeremiah 50:1-46 — Oracle Against Babylon – Part 1

BIG IDEA: BABYLON HAS BEEN CAPTURED – THE POWERFUL PAGAN WORLD SYSTEM WILL BE DEVASTATED BY DIVINE JUDGMENTINTRODUCTION:In light of Rev. 18-19, we must view Babylon as an actual pagan nation that will ultimately be overthrown in the end times, as well as symbolical of...
Jeremiah 48:1-47  — Oracle Against Moab

Jeremiah 48:1-47 — Oracle Against Moab

BIG IDEA: PRIDE AND IDOLATRY WILL NOT GO UNJUDGED –DESPITE SEEMINGLY INVINCIBLE STRENGTHINTRODUCTION:When someone has lived for a long time in a nation that has enjoyed peace and prosperity because of their superior military capabilities, it is inevitable that...
Jeremiah 47:1-7  — Oracle Against the Philistines

Jeremiah 47:1-7 — Oracle Against the Philistines

BIG IDEA: GOD CONTROLS THE ULTIMATE FATE OF THE PHILISTINESINTRODUCTION:When the sword of the Lord has been unleashed in judgment against sin, it cannot be restrained or mitigated by human intention or intervention. The God of all the nations will establish His...
Jeremiah 46:1-28  — Oracle Against Egypt

Jeremiah 46:1-28 — Oracle Against Egypt

BIG IDEA: GOD CONTROLS THE ULTIMATE FATE OF THE POWERFUL NATION OF EGYPTINTRODUCTION:Jeremiah serves not only as a prophet to the nation of Judah, but as God’s messenger to declare His sovereignty over the affairs of all nations. Here we begin the final section of the...
Jeremiah 44:1-30  — Your Sins Will Find You Our

Jeremiah 44:1-30 — Your Sins Will Find You Our

BIG IDEA: MAKE NO MISTAKE – GOD WILL CERTAINLY JUDGE YOUR SIN –DON’T PICK A FIGHT WITH GODINTRODUCTION:The world is very creative in contradicting God’s claim that sin will inevitably lead to divine judgment. They are willing to admit the specifics of their behavior...
Jeremiah 43:1-13  — Exodus Reversed

Jeremiah 43:1-13 — Exodus Reversed

BIG IDEA: HUMAN ARROGANCE MUST BOW BEFORE GOD’S ABSOLUTE AUTHORITYINTRODUCTION:You would like to think that God’s miraculous redemption of His people from bondage in Egypt would have confirmed their hearts in submission to His providential care. But when times of...
Jeremiah 42:1-22  — Have My Own Way, Lord

Jeremiah 42:1-22 — Have My Own Way, Lord

BIG IDEA: DISSEMBLING IN SEEKING GOD’S WILL REVEALS A HEART SET ON PURSUING ITS OWN DESIRESINTRODUCTION:This passage represents a perversion of that famous hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord!” For here we see God’s remnant in Judah already on the way down the forbidden...
Jeremiah 41:1-18  — Chaos When Ignoring God’s Counsel

Jeremiah 41:1-18 — Chaos When Ignoring God’s Counsel

BIG IDEA: TEMPORARY DELIVERANCE CAN STILL LEAD TO FUTURE CHAOS IF WE IGNORE GOD’S WARNINGS AND FAIL TO SEEK COUNSEL FROM GODINTRODUCTION:Our broken condition as a result of the Fall means that our lives end up far messier than what we would like. On a personal level,...
Jeremiah 40:1-16  — Remnant Theology

Jeremiah 40:1-16 — Remnant Theology

BIG IDEA: GOD ALWAYS PRESERVES, PROTECTS AND PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLEINTRODUCTION:It is surprising when this chapter opens to find Jeremiah once more in chains. Apparently he had been scooped up along with the other Jews who were targeted for deportation. But God works...
Jeremiah 39:1-18  — Devastation vs Deliverance

Jeremiah 39:1-18 — Devastation vs Deliverance

BIG IDEA: FAITH DETERMINES THE OUTCOME OF EITHER DEVASTATION OR DELIVERANCEINTRODUCTION:King Zedekiah and his fellow countrymen in Jerusalem were given every opportunity to respond to the repeated prophecies of Jeremiah warning of impending devastation at the hands of...
Jeremiah 38:1-28  — Truth Telling Can Land You in the Pit

Jeremiah 38:1-28 — Truth Telling Can Land You in the Pit

BIG IDEA: FAITHFUL TESTIMONY DOESN’T DEVIATE IN THE FACE OF POWERFUL PRESSUREINTRODUCTION:Jeremiah provides us a supreme example of faithful preaching in pressure situations. He had to deal with the political intrigue of officials who favored Egypt over Babylon and...
Jeremiah 37:1-21  — Patriot Accused of Treason

Jeremiah 37:1-21 — Patriot Accused of Treason

BIG IDEA: THE PUPPET KING CANNOT CONTROL THE FAITHFUL PROPHET OF GODINTRODUCTION:Nobody loved the nation of Israel more deeply than Jeremiah. Nobody grieved over their sinful state more deeply than he. He was a true patriot but was falsely accused and imprisoned as a...
Jeremiah 36:1-32  — Scroll of Calamity

Jeremiah 36:1-32 — Scroll of Calamity

BIG IDEA: GOD’S MESSAGE OF JUDGMENT CANNOT BE ERASED OR DENIEDINTRODUCTION:Accountability can be a sore subject for those who do not want to face up to the consequences of their actions. When hit with a prophecy of impending divine judgment, people resort to the...
Jeremiah 35:1-19  — The Priority of Obeying God

Jeremiah 35:1-19 — The Priority of Obeying God

BIG IDEA: OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY MUST ALWAYS BE TO OBEY GODINTRODUCTION:Scriptures frequently use the type of argument fleshed out in this passage: arguing from the lesser to the greater. If you are careful to keep your word and commitments made to human authorities,...
Jeremiah 34:1-22  — Obedience Must Be Sustained

Jeremiah 34:1-22 — Obedience Must Be Sustained

BIG IDEA: FLASH IN THE PAN SPIRITUAL LOYALTY DOESN’T CUT ITINTRODUCTION:You have heard of the Christian movement called “Promise Keepers.” I suppose you could call this episode in Israel’s history a record of “Promise Breakers.” Jeremiah comes to remind the city and...
Jeremiah 33:1-26  — Restoration Guarantee

Jeremiah 33:1-26 — Restoration Guarantee

BIG IDEA: GOD GUARANTEES THE FUTURE RESTORATION OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE MESSIAHINTRODUCTION:Since we know who holds the future, we can have confidence in God’s end times prophecies. Especially comforting are the words from Jeremiah 33 at...