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1. Have you ever been caught doing something that others got away with? What happened? How did it make you feel?
2. Imagine you want some grape juice, but the grapes need to be trod first. Name one person you wouldn’t mind treading the grapes for you. Why would you choose this person?
3. Why is God’s wrath likened to a cup of wine (verses 15 and 16; see also Isaiah 51:17 – 23; Revelation 14:8; Revelation 18:6)? What effect will it have on those who drink it? Is this what they would suspect?
4. Who drinks from the cup first and why (verse 18)? Who’s next (verse 19)? Who’s last (verse 26)? Try to locate the other nations on a map of ancient Palestine.
5. Why will God punish the nations (verses 27 – 33) with the “sword” and the “mighty storm” of the Babylonian invasion? What “charges” will God bring (see Jeremiah 2:5 – 9, 35)?
6. What will happen to the world leaders (verses 34 – 38)? How is their fate like that of Judah’s leaders (see Jeremiah 21:1 – 23:7)?
7. If you were compiling a list of nations to punish, which ones would top the list? Who would not have to “drink the cup”?
8. Is God’s treatment of Judah and the nations appropriate? How will God in Christ judge the world (see Matthew 25:31 – 46; Romans 2:6 – 16)?
9. How does it feel to know God is hardest on His own people (see 1 Peter 4:17, 18)? Why?
10. Does the fact that God will someday avenge every evil deed and punish all evildoers comfort you, or scare you?