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1. What is the closest brush with death you ever had? How did it make you feel?
2. Are you at ease speaking in front of groups? How about large or hostile audiences? Give an example of when you were able to win friends and influence people initially opposed to your viewpoint.
3. Verses 2 – 6 and 12 – 15 correlate closely with the temple message of chapter 7. What new details, provided here, expand on that previous chapter in Jeremiah’s life? (For example, whose “innocent blood” is it in chapter 7:6 and 26:15?)
4. Why do the other priest and prophets want Jeremiah sentenced to death (verses 7 – 11)?
5. In defending his case, how does Jeremiah distinguish himself from the other prophets who would justly deserve death (verse 12; see chapter 23:21; Deuteronomy 13:5)?
6. Who takes Jeremiah’s side and why (verses 16 – 19, 24)? We studies the prophecies of Micah (of Moresheth) in March/April of 2015. What impact did he have on King Hezekiah (see Micah 1:1; Micah 3:12; 2 Kings 28:1 – 6)? What parallel does that suggest? Who is this Shaphan and family (2 Kings 22:8 – 13)?
7. How does the argument of these Jewish elders compare with that of Gamaliel in a similar situation (see Acts 5:33 – 40)? What principle of interpreting Scripture and signs of the times is at work here?
8. Why do you think the rulers killed Uriah but not Jeremiah (verses 20 – 24)?
9. Why does God seem so indifferent to the earthly fate of His servants (see Hebrews 11:32 – 38)? Does God oppose torture, death and unjust imprisonment? Should we?
10. Why do you think Jeremiah is so calm facing death? Does the fear of the Lord make you immune to the fear of man? Should it?
11. What do you fear the most? How can you overcome or manage your fear?
12. Are you at ease taking sides in a debate before all the votes are counted? Or do you usually hedge your bets by waiting to see how things will pan out? Give an example.
13. When was the last time you stuck up for someone unpopular? Why did you do it? How were you treated?
14. How might the principle of interpretation evident in Jeremiah 26:16 – 19 (and Acts 5:34 – 40) be used today in deciding who speaks for God?