The Fall of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 39)

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Jeremiah 39

The end has finally come. The fall of Jerusalem is recorded 4 times . . .

  • Today (Sept 14): Jeremiah 39

  • Friday (Sept 16): Jeremiah 52

  • Monday (Sept 19): 2 Kings 25 and 2 Chronicles 36:15 – 23

1. What “family” movie have you seen recently that had far too much violence in your opinion? What is it about violence that attracts and repels you?

2. What is the longest you have gone without eating? Was it planned or forced on you? How did you “break fast”?

3. Imagine living in Jerusalem during the two-year Babylonian siege (verses 1 – 2). What would you fear the most?

  • giving up stones in my house to fortify the city walls?
  • not knowing when the end would come?
  • sure death by the sword?
  • slow death by famine?

4. Jeremiah had predicted the fall of Jerusalem for nearly 40 years. How many kings have heard his message during this time (see Jeremiah 1:2, 3; 2 Kings 22:1; 2 Kings 23:31, 36; 2 Kings 24:8, 18)?

5. What violence and torment is Zedekiah forced to endure (verses 5 – 9)? Do you feel sympathy for him? Why or why not?

6. Who does Nebuchadnezzar (and the Lord) spare and why (verses 9, 10, 12 – 14, 16 – 18)? Why does Babylon deport the ruling class and leave the poor people to tend the land (see 2 Kings 24:12 – 14)?

7. Why does Nebuchadnezzar treat Jeremiah so well? Has Jeremiah sold-out (see chapter 27:12; chapter 37:13)? Or is he in debt only to the Shaphan family (verse 14; see chapter 27:24)?

8. Why is God sparing Ebed-Melech (Ebed-Melek the Cushite) (verses 15 – 18; see chapter 38:10)?

9. When have you been in a no-win situation, as Jeremiah? Whom did God use to get you out of this tough spot?

10. How do you think Jeremiah (and God) felt when the city finally fell?

11. To whom could you show kindness and help out of a tough spot?

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