Jeremiah 7:1-15, 21-24.
Jeremiah 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2 “Stand at the gate of the LORD’s house and there proclaim this message:
“‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. 3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!” 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
9 “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury,a burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
12 “‘Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.’
Jeremiah 7:21 “‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! 22 For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, 23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.
God wants our devotion not religious activity.
1. Our worship has to impact the way we live.
2. When God convicts us, we must repent.
3. Prayerfully consider if we are growing in Christlikeness
- Read Jeremiah 7:1-15, 21-24 as a group. What do you think the main point of these passages is?
- What were the Israelites doing that Jeremiah was encouraging them to correct?
- What were the consequences going to be if the Israelites did not “change their ways?”
- What are some things in your life that you think the Lord is trying to lead you to change?
- What are the consequences in our lives when we don’t “change our ways” from sin?
- The Israelites trusted that going to the temple excused their sin; what Christian activity might we subconsciously trust more that we should?
- In v11 Jeremiah tells the Israelites that although the Lord has been watching their lives. Why is it important for us to remember that God is watching how we live?
- Read v24 as a group. What do you think it means that they went “backward and not forward?” Ask some group members to share the direction they are moving in relationship with Christ.
- Take time to pray for each other. Ask God to help us be humble to His correction and not stubborn towards His love- that we might move forward in Christ.
Posted on Sun, January 15, 2017
by Brad Mardis filed under