Talks for Growing Christians
The Bonds and the Yokes
Lesson Number 25
- The powers that be are ordained of God.
- The prophets that be are proven by history.
- Don’t deny the truth with wishful thinking!
- The events of this chapter take place in the year 597 BC. It is the first year of _____________’s reign. This was the year of the second wave or deportation of captives to Babylon.
- God said through Jeremiah that He would, as bonds and yokes, give “all these lands” into the hand of the king of Babylon, who was ____________________.
- How would God punish the nations that refused to submit to the rule of the king of Babylon?
- How are prophets proven to be true prophets of the Lord?
- According to Deuteronomy 18:20 and confirmed here in chapter 28, what was to be the fate of false prophets?
- The year 597 BC was the first year of Zedekiah’s reign.
- The king of Babylon was Nebuchadnezzar, who reigned there from 605 BC to 562 BC.
- “And it shall be, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and which will not put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation I will punish with the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.” (27:8)
- True prophets of the Lord are proven when their prophecies come to pass and become part of history. This is clearly evident in the case of the true prophet, Jeremiah. His prophecies came true in every detail, in stark contrast to the lies of the false prophet, Hananiah.
- False prophets were to die and not live. In the case of Hananiah, “. . . the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.” (28:17)
- Why was it OK for the Jewish people to resist Sennacherib and the Assyrians 100 years before these events in chapter 27, but not resist Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians in Jeremiah’s day? What was God’s will in each case? Discuss the importance of discerning God’s will as He leads in the situations of each individual’s life.
- Have you faced the truth of God’s Word as He calls each believer to deny self, prepare for persecution and suffering, recognize His ownership of all possessions, and to be totally dependent upon Him?
- “As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the Lord has truly sent.” Jeremiah 28:9