The text for this lesson is Jeremiah 1:4–10; 29:1–14; 31:31–34; 33:14–16
- God promised to restore His wayward people, pointing them to a new covenant and a righteous Branch of David. Jesus, the promised Branch, fulfilled this covenant of righteousness for Jeremiah, Israel, and all believers.
- Law: Disobedience to God’s Law means temporal and eternal punishment for me and all people.
- Gospel: God saves His people not through obedience to the Law, but through Jesus, the promised Branch, who would keep the Law and suffer for my sins and for the sins of the whole world on the cross.
- What does it mean to know someone? What are some details that might help you know the person? Does knowing these things mean that you truly know the person?
- Now consider those individuals who know you. Whom do you think knows you the best? Why do you say that?
- The theme of knowledge is a thread that is woven through this week’s readings from Jeremiah and links them together into a narrative about God’s people. In some instances, the knowledge is complete. In other contexts, the knowledge is lacking in some way. As you consider each text, who is it that has the knowledge? What type of knowledge is present? Is there anyone who is lacking knowledge in the text?
- What thoughts or concerns do you think would have been in Jeremiah’s mind when he was called to proclaim this Word of God? Would he have known that the words he was proclaiming were true? Why or why not?
- Jeremiah received the Word of God and faith was created. Ultimately, that faith resulted in Jeremiah knowing the Word of God and believing it. What is the relationship between knowledge and belief?.
- Where is true knowledge found?
- In Christ, our knowledge of God is true, even it if is small in amount. For in Christ, we know that “the Lord is our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16). In joyful celebration of this saving knowledge, how might we share joy in Christ with others?