The Exile Began | Jeremiah 36

By | June 27, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 12.54.41 AMFEAR OR FEAR?

In the English language there is only one word for fear. In the Hebrew language, which is the language of the Old Testament, there are two words for fear, pachad and yare. The Hebrew word pachad means to have fear, dread, terror, or to be startled. For example, you would never willingly stick your hand in a fire because you would be afraid of being burned. The other Hebrew word for fear is yare, meaning to stand in awe, to reverence, or to re- spect. For example, you recognize the power and position of God and so give Him proper respect.

In today’s Bible reading, King Jehoiakim failed to have dread or respect of God. The scroll that was read to Jehoiakim contained warnings about upcoming judgment against Judah, but the king was not afraid of God’s judgment. He had such lack of respect for God and His Word, he burned the scroll.

 

Review:  Last week we learned how God called Jeremiah to deliver a message to Judah. At first, Jeremiah was afraid because he was young and could not speak well. God touched and put His words into Jeremiah’s mouth. God told Jeremiah that the entire nation would oppose his message, but then God told Jeremiah to not be afraid.

What does God promise Jeremiah? Although the people will fight against Jeremiah, they will not overcome him because God will rescue him. Even with the entire nation against him, Jeremiah did not have to worry, because God promised to be with him.

Memory Verse: Ezekiel 37:27: “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

 


TALK

God called Jeremiah to be His prophet while Josiah was king of Judah. Now, about twenty years later, God had a message for King Jehoiakim. Jeremiah had all the words written on a scroll, and had his scribe, Baruch, go to the temple and read the scroll to the people.

  1. In verse 5, Jeremiah tells his scribe, Baruch, that he must go to the temple and read the scroll. What was the reason that Jeremiah said he could not deliver the message? Jeremiah said that he was restricted from going to the temple. We are not told why Jeremiah was not allowed in the temple.

  2. The Lord and Jeremiah both had the same wish for Judah after they heard the message of the Lord. What did both God and Jeremiah desire for Judah? They both desired for Judah to turn away from their wicked ways. What did God say He would do if Judah turned back to Him? “I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”
  3. How did the officials react after Baruch read the scroll to them? They looked at each other in fear. What did they do? They told Baruch to take Jeremiah and hide. They told King Jehoiakim everything that had been read to them.
  4. King Jehoiakim told the officials to bring the scroll and read it to him. What did Jehoiakim do as the scroll was being read to him? Whenever three or four columns of the scroll were read, the king would take a knife, cut them off, and throw them in the fire, until the entire scroll was burned. Not only did Jehoiakim destroy the scroll, but he also wanted to destroy God’s prophet, Jeremiah. The king ordered that Baruch and Jeremiah be arrested. How did God protect Baruch and Jeremiah? God hid them.
  5. The Bible states that when the officials heard what the scroll had to say, they looked at each other in fear. How does the Bible describe Jehoiakim and his attendants’ response? They showed no fear nor did they tear their clothes. Jehoiakim’s father, Josiah, also had a time when God’s Word was read to him. Read 2 Kings 22:11–13. How was Josiah’s reaction different from Jehoiakim’s reaction to God’s words? Josiah tore his clothes, showing sorrow for the sins of the nation against God. Being part of a family that goes to church and has family worship time means that we hear God’s Word often. Sometimes it is easy to hear the words, but not do anything with what we have heard. We may be able to quote numerous Bible verses, but we never think about how we should apply them to our lives. Read James 1:22–25. What should we do with God’s Word? Do not just listen to it, but do what it says; then you will be blessed.
  6. What was to be Jehoiakim’s punishment because he refused to listen to God’s warning? Jehoiakim would no longer have someone on the throne. This meant his entire family line would be removed from the line of royalty. This judgment was fulfilled when Jehoiakim’s son, Jehoiachin, ruled only three months before he was captured and taken into captivity

 


PRAY 

Use this unit’s memory verse as the foundation for your prayer time.

  • Invite God to dwell among you; to be a part of everything that happens in your home.
  • Ask God to reveal to you any false gods that you may have. Ask God to remove them from your lives, so that He is the only God in your home.
  • Commit your lives to God to show those around you that you are God’s people, living a life that is righteous even if those around you are not righteous.

 

(June 28th lesson)

Talk Pray Do: June

By | June 19, 2015

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TALK


• Who is your Super Hero?
• What are characteristics of a Super Hero?
• Read together 1 Timothy 4:12
• How can you be an example to others having SUPER Speech?
• How can you be an example to others having FANTASTIC conduct?
• How can you be an example to others having INCREDIBLE love?
• How can you be an example to others having LIGHTING FAST faith?

PRAY


Give each person a piece of paper and write down a prayer request. Fold the paper into a paper airplane. Stand in a circle and fly the planes towards others in the group. Each person picks an airplane. Pray together as a family for the written request on the prayers.

 

DO


This week join with us here all week  for devotional prompts on how These activities will guide you and your children through exploring how to have SUPER speech, FANTASTIC conduct, to have INCREDIBLE love, LIGHTNING FAST faith and MAGNIFICENT purity.

 

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God Called Jeremiah

By | June 13, 2015

In today’s Bible reading, God gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond branch. This is not our first encounter with the almond branch. When God wanted to confirm that He had indeed chosen Aaron as His high priest, God caused Aaron’s rod to bud, bloom, and produce almonds. God also chose the almond flower as a model for molding the cups of the candlestick in the Tabernacle. God’s choice of the almond tree was no accident. The Hebrew word for almond has the same root as the Hebrew word meaning to watch or to awaken. God is making the statement that He is watching, and we in turn should be watching for His Word to be fulfilled.

The almond tree is the earliest tree to show any sign of life in the spring. It is the first tree to Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 12.41.48 AMawaken and bloom, and it very quickly produces its fruit. In Judah, the almond tree can begin blooming as early as January and pro- duces fruit as early as March. When the almond tree begins its blooming, one can watch for the coming of spring. The same is true of God’s promises or warnings of judgment. God used many prophets to give His Word to His people. Just as the almond tree was a sign that spring was coming, the warnings the prophets gave were a sign of what God was going to do. God has never forgotten a single promise, and there has never been a promise God has not kept. When you read about a promise from God, you can be sure that it will happen. Just watch for it.

 

Memory Verse:  Ezekiel 37:27: “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

 


TALK

Jeremiah was a priest called by God to be a prophet to Judah. He prophesied during the reigns of Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah, right up to the time that the people of Judah were taken into captivity.

  1. When did God say that He set apart Jeremiah to be His prophet? Before Jeremiah was even born, God already had a plan for his life. Read Psalm 139:4, 16 and Jeremiah 29:11. What do these verses tell you about God’s knowledge of you and God’s plan for you? God knows what you are going to say even before you say it. God knows how many days you will live. God wants to prosper you, keep you from harm, and give you hope.
  2. How does Jeremiah respond when God tells him to prophesy? Jeremiah said that he was unable to do as God said, because he was too young and did not know how to speak well. How does God answer Jeremiah’s doubt? God told Jeremiah that he should not be afraid because God was going to be with Jeremiah and that He would protect Jeremiah. God touched Jeremiah’s mouth, putting words into Jeremiah’s mouth. God enabled Jeremiah to do the job.
  3. God gave Jeremiah two visions. What were the visions and what was the reason for each one of them? Jeremiah saw an almond tree—God said it was because He was watching to see His word fulfilled. Jeremiah saw a boiling pot tilting away from the north—God said it was because Judah’s enemy would come from the north. This was the message that Jeremiah was to prophesy to the people of Judah.
  4. In verses 17-19, God made it clear to Jeremiah that the job of prophesying against Judah was not going to be an easy one. God mentioned four groups of people that would fight against what Jeremiah was to tell them. Who were the four groups of people? Kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. Those four groups of people pretty much covered everyone in Judah! The whole nation would defy God and His prophet.
  5. What does God promise Jeremiah? Although the people would fight against Jeremiah, they would not overcome him, because God was going to rescue him. Even with the entire nation against him, Jeremiah did not have to worry because God promised to be with him.

 

PRAY

Adoration: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . . ” Give praise and worship to the all-knowing God who created you.

Confession: “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” Ask God to forgive the times when you did not trust Him to enable you to do the job that He asked you to do.

Thanksgiving: “They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you.” Thank God that He is all-powerful, and that He promises to rescue you from evil. Thank God that He keeps His promises.

Supplication: “. . . do not be terrified by them . . .” Ask God to give you faith so that you will trust Him whenever He asks you to do a job, even if it is a hard one.


DO

Supplies: salt, pepper, saucer, plastic spoon, fleece or other cloth

USING THE SUPPLIES ABOVE, PARENT SAYS:

Today, I will show you how we can always trust in our Lord to protect us, even when circumstances seem hope- less. This saucer represents the world, in which we all live. I am going to take some salt and place it on the world. This salt represents God’s people. Now, as we know, the world is full of evil. The devil is always trying to deceive God’s people. Let me take some of this pepper, and put it on top of the salt. This pepper represents the tricks and lies used by the devil, and they are right on top of God’s people.

How can we avoid these tricks and lies and remove them from God’s people?

It is impossible for us, but God can do miraculous things. Let me show you. This spoon represents our loving God. (Take the spoon and rub it against the cloth to create static electricity. Slowly wave the spoon over the pepper. The pepper should stick to the spoon.)

Sometimes we may have no clue of how to escape the grasp of the devil, but God is always there for us. He will always provide a way for us to escape any temptation the devil throws our way. Even when we are afraid, God will take care of us. (Read God’s promise from I Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”)

 

(Lesson June 14th)

Be unconditional: by more deeply connecting with your kids

By | June 9, 2015

Your kids pay attention to what you pay attention to.

They notice how you listen to them when they’re talking to you (especially when you ignore a phone call or text alert so you can keep listening to them).

They like it when you take them to a park and play with them versus sitting on a bench and passively watching.

Your kids recognize the subtle-yet-significant things you do to engage them; to see them, know them, and understand them. By being seen, they can then be known. By being known, they can then be understood.  And when they feel better understood by you, they just might begin to feel better understood by God.

Watch how this plays out as you lean into what your son or daughter is experiencing and wondering to ultimately love and lead them into a deeper connection with God.

 

unnamedEngage the questions your kid is asking, noting how one leads into the next:

  • “Do you see me?”: Give your kids your full attention many times throughout each day. Pay attention to the words they use, what they talk about, who influences them and what entertainment they’re into. Asking open-ended questions can communicate that you like talking with them, which creates a social connection between the two of you.
  • “Do you know me?”: Tangibly remember the important things your kids said were coming up, like handing them a note of encouragement the day of a big test or recording a TV show they enjoy. Suggest new things that they might be interested in trying based on this knowledge, such as a particular restaurant or movie. When your kids feel like you know what they’re interested in or are working through, they’ll feel like you’re personally bonding with them.

 

  • “Do you understand me?”: As parents we can often see what’s happening with our kids before they realize it themselves. Use such knowledge humbly, like hugging them when they’re feeling down without demanding a conversation about it. Your quiet compassion speaks volumes about your understanding and can even open them up for conversation later.
  • “Do I understand God?”: As kids feel understood, they become more open to new ways of understanding God himself. Their questions may deepen beyond what you feel you’re able to address. Again, let your presence and love be consistent as you explore the answers together. Share your own stories as a way to help them enter God’s story.
  • “Do I know who I really am?”: Your kids have a true identity that only God can reveal. The more they hear how he’s working in others, they more they can sense him at work in them. This requires multiple moments of growth, as faith is not just a one-time salvation decision but several decisions along the way. Spur this on by helping them plug into a church with loving people who will help them propel forward spiritually.
  • “Do I see others like God does?”: Even kids who regularly take part in church may not necessarily see others as God does. Help them realize the significant role they can play in others knowing God better, perhaps by praying for friends at dinner or hosting a monthly pizza night where your kid can practice the gift of hospitality by serving the other kids they invite.

Nahum, Prophet to Ninevah | Nahum 1–3

By | June 6, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 9.13.53 AMSometimes when people read the Old Testament prophets, they develop a false view of God. They read about God’s judgment, not only for the people of Israel, but also for other nations. They may think God is quick-tem- pered and always watching in order to punish, when the exact opposite is true. The Bible tells us that God is pa- tient and slow to anger (Numbers 14:18; Psalm 103:8; Psalm 145:8; Nahum 1:3). God did send words of judgment through His prophets, but there was always time for repentance. For example, Noah was told about the earth’s coming destruction, but judgment did not come for 120 years. God told Moses that the Canaanites were wicked people, but they did not receive judgment for 400 years. The Northern Kingdom had 210 years before their exile, and the Southern Kingdom, Judah, did not experience God’s full judgment for over a century.

God is holy (Isaiah 6:3). He is unable to tolerate sin, yet He shows patience for the purpose of bringing people to repentance.


 

Review:  Last week we learned about the prophet Habakkuk. He had a conversation with God about why God was allowing Judah to go unpunished for their sin. When God told Habakkuk that Judah would be punished with the invasion of Babylon, Habakkuk was shocked that God would use such a wicked nation. In the final chapter, Habakkuk’s words change from questions to praise.

What lesson did Habakkuk learn from his conversation with God? Habakkuk learned to trust God no matter what the circumstances, even when he did not understand.

Scripture Reading:  Nahum 1–3


 

TALK

The prophet Nahum was a prophet to the Assyrian capital city, Ninevah. His prophecy came over a century later than Jonah’s first proclamation of judgment on this city.

  1. What does Nahum say is the reason Ninevah is being judged? (1:2–3) The guilty will not be unpunished. Although Ninevah repented when Jonah was sent to them, they had returned to their old sinful ways, and they were a constant problem for Judah.
  2. What things happen in verses 4–5? The sea and rivers dry up; blossoms fade; mountains quake; earth trembles. Just as God caused the Red Sea to part for Moses and the people of Israel, God can do with the sea as He wishes. Without water the flowers and trees would dry up and die. God brings the flood, and He also brings the drought. When God cuts off the water supply, plant life dies. God is in control of everything; He is

    all powerful.

  3. What does God promise in verse 7? The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust
    in Him. Do you trust in God? Have you asked Jesus to come into your life? The Bible tells us that we will be judged by God. He wants us to come to Him and let Him be in charge of our lives. He wants us to be in Heav- en with Him. There is only one way to do this. We must ask Jesus to come into our life and believe that He died and rose again to pay the punishment for our wrongs. We must trust in Him.

The book of Nahum is about God’s judgment against Ninevah, but there is much more to the book. It talks about God’s patience and compassion. He does not take pleasure in sending judgment on anyone, even if they are not following His ways. God always did and still does make a way of salvation for anyone who turns to Him.


PRAY

John 3:16 is a very familiar verse, but it is a wonderful summary of the main message of the Bible; the message of God’s salvation offered to all. Read or recite the verse together. Use your prayer time in praise and thanksgiving to God for His precious gift.

 


DO

Directions: Have two family members role play the following:

Instruct family member #1 to tap the other person on the shoulder with their finger over and over. Have family member #2 (the one whose shoulder is being tapped) ask family member #1 to stop. Family member #1 should say he or she is sorry, but then after stopping for only a second, start tapping again. Have the family members repeat this process a few times. Finally have them stop. Talk about whether the person who was tapping was really sorry. Why do you think the person played by family member #1 wasn’t really sorry, even though he or she apologized? Explain how our actions show whether or not we are really sorry. Discuss how God is a forgiving and patient God, but there is a point when God chooses to bring correction to those He loves.

 

Lesson: June 7th

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