Heed Godís Word
Explore the Bible Series
Background Passage: Jeremiah 34:1-36:32
Lesson Passage: Jeremiah 36:1-4, 14-16, 22-25, 29-30
Introduction: I grew up in a wonderful Christian home, and my parents taught me to love and obey Godís word.† We regularly attended worship (my father was my pastor), and I remember, from my earliest years, my mother helping me find the text for the Lordís Day services.† The crisp India paper crinkled a bit as I searched for the sermon text, and, even before I could read, I ďfollowed alongĒ as the congregation savored the words of the Bible.† Mom and Dad also taught me to respect the particular copy of the Bible I used.† They never allowed me to treat the Bible roughly or with disrespect.† As I look back on those experiences, I realize that they wanted me to take care of my belongings in a respectful and responsible manner.† However, they also wanted to send their little boy a message about the content of the wonderful book of God.
My parents did not have a superstitious understanding about a collection of paper and leather; rather, they wanted their child to honor the physical copy of the Bible as a token of reverence for the message of the Scriptures.† To them, the Bible was precious, and Godís people needed to treasure it like no other book.† Not only did they ensure my attendance to public instruction in the Scriptures (which they did scrupulously), but also they demonstrated a love for Godís word in our home.† For example, I often saw my beloved mother sitting on the side of her bed reading the Bible and praying.†† The image of her studying the Scriptures will stay with me as long as God gives me a sound mind, and I treasure that memory more than I could recount.
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Please recall, as you study the background passage, that the Book of Jeremiah does not follow a strictly chronological development; rather, the book is organized around theological and topical themes.† Remembering this will help to avoid confusion as you study.
Outline of the Background Passage:
I. The Peopleís Shameful Treatment of their Kinsmen (34:1-22)
A. Godís promises concerning King Zedekiah (vv. 1-7)
Babylonians will destroy
will bring King Zedekiah to
3. God promised that Zedekiah would not die violently (vv. 4-5).
recorded a brief military account of
enslavement of some of the people of
violation of the Mosaic Law, the people of
promised to judge
II. Jeremiahís Offer of Wine to the Rechabites (35:1-19)
A. God told Jeremiah to offer wine, in the Temple, to the Rechabites, descendants of the Kenites who had sworn to never drink wine, live in cities, or tend vineyards (vv. 1-5 and see II Kings -31)
B. The Rechabites refused the offer of Jeremiah because they wanted to honor the vows of their ancestors (vv.6-11).
1. The history of the obedience of the Rechabites (vv. 6-10)
Rechabites reason for entering
C. God commended the Rechabites for their faithfulness (vv. 12-14).
accused the people of
E. The Lord pledged to bless the Rechabites (vv. 18-19).
III. Jehoikimís Destruction of the Scroll of Jeremiah (36:1-32)
commanded Jeremiah to write all of the words the Lord had spoken against
1. Jeremiah was to record all of Godís prophecies since the time of King Josiah (vv.1-2).
2. God intended these writings to move his people to repentance (v.3).
B. Jeremiah enlisted Baruch to write the words of the prophecy and read the scroll to the people (vv. 4-8).
fulfilled his commission to read the words of the prophecy to the people of
read the scroll in the
reported Baruchís activity to King Jehoiakim and the princes of
D. King Jehoiakim cut the scroll into pieces and cast the fragments in the fire (v. 25).
E. The king ordered the arrest of Baruch and Jeremiah (vv. 26-27).
F. God commanded Jeremiah to write the prophecy on another scroll (vv. 28-32).
1. The burning of the scroll brought terrible predictions of judgment on King Jehoiakim (vv. 27-31).
2. Jeremiah and Baruch obeyed the Lord (v. 32).
Observations about the Lesson Passage: