Memory Text: “ ‘But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:24, NKJV).
Read for This Week’s Study: Jeremiah 9, Jer. 10:1–15, Rom. 1:25, Jeremiah 26, Acts 17:30, Acts 5:34–41.
The travails and trials of God’s servant continue. In fact, pretty much all of the book of Jeremiah deals with the challenges and struggles the prophet had in trying to get the people to listen to the words that the Lord was seeking to convey to them out of love and concern.
Imagine what would have happened if the people had listened to Jeremiah and had accepted the prophet’s warning. If they had listened—if the people, the kings, and the leaders had humbled themselves before God—the terrible crisis would not have come. The chance for repentance was before them. Even after they had done so much wrong, so much evil, the door to redemption and salvation had not closed. The door stood open; they simply refused to walk through it.
Again, it’s so easy for us today to shake our heads at the hardness of their hearts. “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Cor. 10:11, NKJV). We have these examples before us; what will we learn from them?
* Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, November 14.
Adventist Sabbath School Lesson for Adults Q4 2015 «Jeremiah» Lesson 7 – The Crisis Continues