Jeremiah, Part 1: Introduction

Jeremiah, the second of the Major Prophets, lived about one hundred years after the prophet Isaiah. Jeremiah was only about twenty years old when God called him. Jeremiah prophesied during a time when the people of Judah had turned away from God. Jeremiah loved God and His people so much that he wept over the people's sinful condition; therefore, he is often called the 'weeping prophet.”

In chapter 1 God tells Jeremiah, ''Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations'” (1:5). The Lord reached out and touched Jeremiah's mouth and said, ''Now, I have put my words in your mouth'” (1:9).

God called Jeremiah to warn the people to turn away from their sins and return to God or they would face judgment and be taken captive by Babylon, which was ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Chapters 2 through 6 tell us how upset the Lord was with the sinful condition of the people. ''Return, faithless people, declares the Lord, for I am your husband'” (3:14). 'O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved” (4:14). Jeremiah even told the people where the invaders would come from. ''Look, an army is coming from the land of the north'” (6:22). God warned the people, but they refused to listen.

We should all remember Jeremiah 5:7. ''Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods.'” In our hearts we know that it is wrong to forsake God and turn to other gods. A god can be anything that we put ahead of the Lord. God will forgive us and bring us back to Him if we turn to Him and believe in Him.

Jeremiah was such a good prophet and preacher to the people that he was beaten and put into stocks (20:2). The priests, the false prophets and the people knew that Jeremiah was right, but they didn't want to hear it!

God rejected King Zedekiah's request to save Judah from the Babylonians. Over and over again, Jeremiah had prophesied to the king to repent and turn back to God, but Zedekiah had refused. He had rejected God. Therefore, God told the king, ''I will hand over Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who seek their lives. He will put them to the sword'” (21:7).

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

Jeremiah, Part 1, Worksheet
Warren Simmons

Jeremiah, the second of the Major ________, lived about ____ ________ years after the prophet ______.

Jeremiah was only about _______ years old when God called him.

Jeremiah prophesied during a time when the people of Judah had turned away from _____. Jeremiah loved God and His people so much that he _____ over the people's sinful condition; therefore, he is often called the '________ prophet.”

God called Jeremiah to warn the people to turn away from their _____ and return to God or they would face judgment and be taken captive by _______, which was ruled by King ______________.

Jeremiah even told the people where the ________ would come from. ''Look, an army is coming from the land of the ______'” (6:22).

God warned the ______, but they refused to listen.

We should all remember Jeremiah 5:7. ''Why should I ________ you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by _____ that are not _____.'”

A ____ can be anything that we put ahead of the _____.

Jeremiah was such a good _______ and preacher to the people that he was ______ and put into ______ (20:2).

The priests, the false prophets and the people knew that Jeremiah was _____, but they didn't want to hear it.

God rejected King Zedekiah's request to save Judah from the ____________.

Jeremiah had prophesied to the king to ______ and turn back to God, but Zedekiah had _______.

 

Memory Verse: 'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).


Jeremiah, Part 1

Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Jeremiah 7:12                             Jeremiah 16:4                           Jeremiah 4:28               Jeremiah 1:19

Jeremiah 1:9                               Jeremiah 17:26             Jeremiah 9:25               Jeremiah 17:9

 

''They will die of deadly ________. They will not be mourned or                               Jeremiah ______

buried but will be like refuse lying on the ground.'”

 

''People will come from the ______ of Judah and the villages around              Jeremiah ______

Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from

the hill country and  the Negev, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices,

grain offerings, incense and thank offerings to the house of the _____.'”

 

''The days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will _______ all                     Jeremiah ______

who are circumcised only in the flesh.'”

 

''Go now to the place in ______ where I first made a dwelling for my             Jeremiah ______

Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people

Israel.'”

 

''Therefore the earth will ______ and the heavens above grow dark,                   Jeremiah ______

because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not

turn back.'”

 

'Then the Lord reached out his hand and _______ my mouth and said                  Jeremiah ______

to me, 'Now, I have put my words in your mouth.'”

 

''They will _____ against you but will not overcome you, for I am with                 Jeremiah ______

you and will rescue you.'”

 

'The heart is _________ above all things and beyond cure.”                           Jeremiah ______