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1. Recall a really good wedding you have attended. What made it great?
2. What was (or what do you imagine might be) the best part of your wedding?
3. When was the last time you were invited to a celebration but could not go? Did the others miss you? How did you feel?
4. For you, what is the best part of fishing or hunting? What is the worst part?
5. What three activities of normal human life does God forbid to Jeremiah (verses 1 – 9)? Why? What is his abstinence from these things supposed to convey to the people? How do you suppose Jeremiah coped with the loneliness that came with his particular calling?
6. How do verses 6 and 7 make you feel about the desolation in store for Judah? In what way will the people “serve other gods” (verse 13)?
7. What rays of hope do you see in this otherwise dismal picture? What event will outshine the Exodus?
8. What is so doubly detestable to God about idol worship, that “fishermen” and “hunters” were sent in after them (verses 16 – 18)?
9. Have you made sacrifices to serve God? Give an example.
10. Have you gone to the funeral of someone in your church whom you did not know? The wedding of a stranger? Are these events strictly private or do they belong to the entire community of faith?
11. When did a condemnation of society’s failing last pass your lips? A prayer of compassion for a sick world? Set aside some time this week to pray for the world.
Jeremiah was a man swallowed up in his work. He had no family and little social life, because God told him never to marry and not to attend weddings, funerals, or any other ceremonial feasts. God’s message through him was so negative that a tale of woe or complaint came to be known as a “jeremiad”. Jeremiah told the truth and the truth was bleak. Nevertheless, the prophet experienced the joy and delight of receiving God’s word and bearing God’s name (Jeremiah 15:16).