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Jeremiah 11

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The Broken Covenant

Jeremiah 11

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Lesson Number 11

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Idolatry results in broken covenants.
  2. Idolatry results in brazen conspiracies.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t miss the significance of “My beloved” in Jeremiah 11:15!

Questions

  1. Here in Jeremiah’s 4th sermon, he referred to the ____________ Covenant which God had made with His people.
  2. God had made both _______________ and __________________ covenants with His people. The covenant referred to in this chapter was a ________________ covenant.
  3. Why did the men of Anathoth conspire to take Jeremiah’s life?
  4. Who revealed to Jeremiah the threat to his life and delivered him from it?
  5. To whom did God refer when He said, “My beloved”?

Answers

  1. Jeremiah referred to the Mosaic Covenant in his 4th sermon. God had made this covenant with His people at Mt. Sinai after He brought them out of Egypt.
  2. God made both conditional and unconditional covenants with His people. The covenant referred to in this chapter, the Mosaic Covenant, was a conditional covenant. The Abrahamic Covenant was an unconditional covenant.
  3. The men of Anathoth conspired to take Jeremiah’s life because they did not like what he was saying (vs. 21). In order to get rid of the message, they plotted to get rid of the messenger.
  4. God revealed to Jeremiah the threat to his life (vs. 18) and delivered Jeremiah from the threat (vs. 22, 23).
  5. God called the nation of Israel “My beloved,” in spite of their many transgressions. See more in this regard in the challenge section below.

Discuss/Consider

  1. The Mosaic Covenant was a conditional covenant which could be broken, and we see in this chapter that it was not kept by the people (vs. 2, 3). Israel would be blessed in the land if they kept the covenant, but would be cursed and put out of the land if they broke the covenant (vs. 3-5). Since the Abrahamic Covenant was unconditional, the promise of the land to Abraham and his descendants is still valid. Therefore, can you see why Israel still has a divine claim to the land of Israel today?

Challenge

  1. No matter how far you may have wandered from the Lord, and no matter how much discipline the Lord has had to bring into your life, if you are in the family of God, you are still one of His beloved children. Will you turn back to God with assurance that He will restore you to fellowship and fruitfulness?

Key Verses

  • “Now the LORD gave me knowledge of it, and I know it; for You showed me their doings.” Jeremiah 11:18

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