The Coming Destruction; Jeremiah’s Prayer (Jeremiah 10:17 – 25)

Scripture Text:

Jeremiah 10:17 – 25

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1. What is the most time away from school or work which you have missed because of an illness or injury? How did you make up for the lost time?

2. If you had to vacate your house before dawn, how many carloads would it take to move your belongings? Truckloads? What would you take if you could keep only what you could carry?

3. What will happen to those who stay under seige? To those who flee the city? If Jeremiah’s name means “the Lord throws”, what possible pun do you see here?

4. Who speaks in verses 19 – 22? What is the “incurable wound”? What happened to the leaders?

5. How does Jeremiah feel about himself in this time of crisis (verses 23 and 24)? For what two reasons is he angry with Judah’s enemies (verse 25)?

6. Is this prayer (also in Psalm 79:6, 7) vengeful, or is it an appeal for God’s justice? Why do you think so?

7. In what circumstances might God allow His people to endure an illness or injury that is curable or preventable?

8. Have you ever met a refugee? How would you feel if your home was destroyed and your country at war?

9. Which would you rather receive: God’s justice or anger? What determines who gets what?

10. Do you believe the fate of your country depends on whether the political leaders look to God for guidance? Why?

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