The Covenant Is Broken (Jeremiah 11:1 – 17)

Scripture Text:

Jeremiah 11:1 – 17

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1. Think of one promise you have kept for a long time and one promise that was broken. Why is it important to you to keep a promise? How did (or do) you feel about a broken promise?

2. Where would you live if you could choose anywhere in the world? What would you want there that would be the modern equivalent of the “milk and honey” promised to the ancient Israelites?

3. When did God and Israel make “the terms of this covenant,” especially those dealing with “cursed is the man” (verses 1 – 5; see also Deuteronomy 27:15 – 26)? What happened in the reign of Josiah to renew such interest in the covenant (see 2 Kings 22:8 – 13; 2 Kings 23:1 – 3)?

4. What did God promise to do for Israel (verses 4 – 8)? What was their land of “milk and honey” (see Exodus 3:8)?

5. What was their part of the bargain? How are the people of Judah responding to Josiah’s and Jeremiah’s call (verses 9 – 13)?

6. In verse 14, Jeremiah is forbidden to pray for Israel (see also Jeremiah 7:16). Why (see 1 John 5:16, 17)?

7. What is the point of the covenant when Israel never keeps it? What curses are coming if they don’t (see Deuteronomy 28:15 – 68)?

8. What is Judah doing to win God’s favor (verse 15; see Jeremiah 7:10, 11, 21 – 24)? Can anything change God’s mind at this point (verses 11 and 14)? Is this fair?

9. Is it ever too late with God? When might God’s patience run out for you? For your country? The world?

10. Who do you think raises the voice of reform today? Are you listening? What is being asked of you? Of the church?

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