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Jeremiah 52

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The Fulfillment of Jeremiah’s Prophesies

Jeremiah 52

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Lesson Number 46

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah was fulfilled exactly as predicted.
  2. The Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah will be fulfilled exactly as predicted.

Practical Application

  1. Take special note of what is belabored in Scripture.

Questions

  1. The final chapter of the book of Jeremiah is an _____________ ______________ or epilogue, showing how Jeremiah’s prophecies were fulfilled exactly as predicted. It is almost identical to the account in which two chapters of 2 Kings?
  2. Who were the two evil kings mentioned in the early verses of this chapter whose sins culminated in God’s judgment against Jerusalem and Judah? Who did God use to carry out His judgment?
  3. Regarding the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, 2 Kings 25:8 gives one date and verse 12 in this chapter gives a slightly different date. How do you resolve the difference between these two dates?
  4. In chapter 27, Jeremiah predicted that the gold, silver and bronze would be taken from the Temple by the Babylonians. What was the name of the false prophet who contradicted Jeremiah when he said the treasures would remain in Jerusalem?
  5. The record of King Jehoiachin’s release is given in verses 31-34 of this chapter. Jehoiachin’s release from prison is a note of hope because it is the first sign of Jeremiah’s promise of Israel’s _______________.

Answers

  1. Chapter 52, this final chapter of the book of Jeremiah, is an historical appendix or epilogue of Jeremiah’s prophecies and their fulfillment. It is almost identical to what is contained in part of 2 Kings 24 and 25.
  2. The two evil kings were Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. Zedekiah tried to escape when the Babylonians breached the city wall, but was captured, forced to watch the execution of his sons, blinded, taken to Babylon and imprisoned. Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian armies were used by God to carry out His judgment.
  3. The earlier date given in 2 Kings, the 7th day of the 5th month, was evidently the day that Nebuchadnezzar came into Jerusalem; the later date given in verse 12 of this chapter, the 10th day of the 5th month, was the day he put the torch to the city.
  4. Hananiah (Jeremiah 28) was the false prophet who contradicted Jeremiah and said the treasures would remain in Jerusalem. Jeremiah was right, Hananiah was wrong.
  5. King Jehoiachin’s release from prison by the king of Babylon, who also showed favor to Jehoiachin, is a note of hope because it is the first sign of Jeremiah’s promise of Israel’s restoration. The Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, regarding the judgment and restoration of Israel, was fulfilled exactly as predicted.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Consider the sins and evil ways of all the people and nations that God judged in this book of Jeremiah. Discuss the means God used to bring His wrath against their sin. Consider the immediate and long-term impact God’s judgment had on the people and their nations. Discuss the amazing detail in which God’s prophecies, spoken through Jeremiah have come to pass and will continue to come to pass.

Challenge

  1. Does it seem to you that God has belabored the times and recordings of His judgment? Has the message come through to you that God must judge sin, personal as well as national? God judged our sins when Jesus died on the cross as our substitute. Have you taken seriously God’s inevitable judgment of sin? Turn to Him in confession – now is the time to make things right.

Key Verses

  • “For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, till He finally cast them out from His presence.” Jeremiah 52:3a

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