BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 26, Day 3: Select Passages From Jeremiah 4-29 & 46-51
6a) Jeremiah 4:6: 13:18-20; 20:4-6; 25:8-14: The Babylonians are coming from the north. The king and queen will lose their crowns. The cities in the Negev will be shut up,
and there will be no one to open them. All Judah will be carried into exile, carried completely away.
Jeremiah 20:4-6: I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will give all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry them away to Babylon or put them to the sword. 5 I will deliver all the wealth of this city into the hands of their enemies—all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away as plunder and carry it off to Babylon. 6 And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.’”
Jeremiah 25:8-14: Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon will come against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. God will completely destroy[a] them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. 10 God will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12 “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians,[b] for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate forever. 13 I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. 14 They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
b) The exact time of the exile. The fact that it would be the Babylonians. The fact that the exile has a finite time. I love how God gives us concrete details for our benefits and in His mercy. It shows His love and His power.
7) Jeremiah 6:1-7; 11:22; 12:12-13: I will destroy Daughter Zion, so beautiful and delicate. I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Over all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will swarm, for the sword of the Lord will devour from one end of the land to the other; no one will be safe.
13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”
8a) Egypt, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, and Elam.
b) They know that God will punish Babylon for what they did to His people in the same manner. May their blood be on those who live in Babylonia.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 26, Day 3: Select Passages From Jeremiah 4-29 & 46-51
We see God’s perfect justice. He punishes His people for their disobedience, but he also punishes other evil-doers. This gives us confidence when we see horrors in this day that God has got it.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 26, Day 3: Select Passages From Jeremiah 4-29 & 46-51
Judah had no chance against Babylon. The problem was them believing that they would be invaded. Those that believed should flee. Time was running out and judgment would come.
It’s important to realize that God raised Nebuchadnezzar up against His people. Many people have a hard time reconciling this, but it comes down to God’s omnipotence; He can do whatever He wants in His ways, not ours. God would use Babylon to conquer Judah, but also the surrounding nations. Then, God would punish Babylon by using the Persians.
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