Family Camp 2017 Day 4 Morning Bible Study I

15 March 2017

Session # 1


A. General Problems

1. Problems in life

a) To be expected
b) Initial problems noted in the Books of Exodus and Numbers
i) Murmuring/ Complaining
ii) Idolatry
iii) Disobedience
iv) Rebellion
v) Hardness of heart
vi) Unbelief

2. Persistence of problems

a) Noted in the Book of Judges
b) Everyone did what was right in his own eyes
c) Word of God was little known
d) Great darkness was in the land

3. Escalation of problems

a) The period of the kings
b) Rank idolatry
c) Forsaking of God


1. Raising up of prophets Jeremiah 25:4

2. The prophet Jeremiah was one of the prophets raised up


1. The calling and training of the prophet Jeremiah

a) Called according to the foreknowledge of God Jeremiah 1:5
b) Training of the prophet Jeremiah 1:7-8
i) Not to be afraid of speaking
ii) Not to be afraid of people
iii) To speak what God commands
iv) To have God’s word in his mouth
c) Imagery of the Expected Outcome of Training Jeremiah 1:17-19
i) Never to be dismayed
ii) Able to speak all that God commands
iii) To be a fortified city
iv) An iron pillar
v) Bronze walls
d) Resistance is to be expected Jeremiah 1:18
i) Kings
ii) Princes
iii) Priests
iv) People
v) But they will not prevail
e) God’s Promise Jeremiah 1:19
i) His Presence
ii) His deliverance
f) Tasks of the prophet Jeremiah 1:10
i) To root out
ii) To pull down
iii) To destroy
iv) To build
v) To plant
g) Additional roles Jeremiah 6:27
i) As an assayer
That you may know and test their way
ii) As a fortress among My people

2. Many personal problems encountered by the prophet Jeremiah

a) Lack of confidence as a youth Jeremiah 1:5
b) Frequent bouts of fear and sorrow Jeremiah 4:19-21
c) Often wearied out Jeremiah 12:5
d) Suffering takes a toll Jeremiah 15:13-18
e) Jeremiah needs to return to God Jeremiah 15:19-21
i) To become a fortified wall
ii) Many more battles to be expected
iii) Deliverance is promised

3. Addressing some of the specific problems of God’s People

a) They have gone far from Me Jeremiah 2:5s
b) Have followed idols Jeremiah 2:5b
c) Made My land, My heritage an abomination Jeremiah 2:7
d) The priests did not say, “Where is the LORD?” Jeremiah 2:8a
e) Those who handle the law did not know Me Jeremiah 2:8b
f) The rulers also transgressed against Me Jeremiah 2:8c
g) The prophets prophesied by Baal Jeremiah 2:8d
h) My People have committed two evils Jeremiah 2:13
i) They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living water
ii) And hewn themselves cisterns- broken cisterns that can hold no water
i) Your own wickedness will correct you Jeremiah 2:19a
j) Your backslidings will rebuke you Jeremiah 2:19b
k) Turned into a degenerate vine Jeremiah 2:21
l) Strong denial of sin Jeremiah 2:21-23, 34-35; 8:8
i) I am not polluted
ii) I have not gone after the Baals
iii) There is no hope (of returning to God)
iv) I have loved aliens, and after them I will go
v) I am innocent
vi) I have not sinned
vii) We are wise and the law of the LORD is with us.
m) Arrogance Jeremiah 2:31
i) We are lords
ii) We will come no more to You
n) Forgetting God Jeremiah 2:32
o) Has not turned to Me with her whole heart
But in pretense Jeremiah 3:10
p) Following the dictates of their evil hearts Jeremiah 3:17
q) Perverted their ways Jeremiah 3:21
r) Wash your heart from wickedness Jeremiah 4:14a
s) How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you? Jeremiah 4:14b
t) Rebellious against Me Jeremiah 4:17
u) Foolish, silly children Jeremiah 4:22
v) Lied about the LORD Jeremiah 5:12-13
i) It is not He
ii) Neither will evil come upon us
iii) Nor shall we see sword or famine
iv) The word is not in them (the false prophets)
w) Your sins have withheld good from you Jeremiah 5:25
x) An astonishment and horrible thing Jeremiah 5:30-31
i) The prophets prophesy falsely
ii) The priests rule by their own power
iii) My people love to have it so
y) They have not heeded My words, nor My law
But rejected it Jeremiah 6:19
z) Worship and offerings rejected
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable Jeremiah 6:20

4. Offering some solutions

a) Returning to the LORD Jeremiah 3:1
“Return to Me” Jeremiah 3:7
“Return, backsliding Israel” Jeremiah 3:11
“Return, O backsliding children” Jeremiah 3:14
b) Crying out to God
“My Father, You are the guide of my youth” Jeremiah 3:4
c) Acknowledge your iniquity Jeremiah 3:13
That you have transgressed against the LORD your God
d) I will bring you to Zion Jeremiah 3:14
e) I will give you shepherds according to My heart Jeremiah 3:15
i) Who will feed you
ii) With knowledge
iii) With understanding
f) I will heal your backsliding Jeremiah 3:22
g) Break up your fallow grounds Jeremiah 4:3
h) Circumcise… the foreskins of your hearts Jeremiah 4:4
i) Take refuge! Do not delay Jeremiah 4:6
j) Ask for the old paths Jeremiah 6:16
Where the good way is, and walk in it
k) I will refine them and try them Jeremiah 9:7
l) Glorying in the LORD Jeremiah 9:23-24
i) Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom
ii) Let not the mighty man glory in his might
iii) Nor let the rich man glory in his riches
iv) 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
m) Fear of the LORD Jeremiah 10:6-7
n) O LORD, correct me, but with justice Jeremiah 10:23-24
o) That they may become My people
For renown, for praise, and for glory Jeremiah 13:11
p) It will be well for the remnant Jeremiah 15:11
q) If you return, I will bring you back Jeremiah 15:19-21
r) I will cause them to know My hand and My might Jeremiah 16:21
s) Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD Jeremiah 17:7
He shall be like a tree planted
By the rivers of water

t) You are my hope in the day of doom Jeremiah 17:17

u) The LORD is with me as a mighty, awesome One Jeremiah 20:11

v) I will set My eyes on them for good Jeremiah 24:6

i) I will build them and not pull them down
ii) I will plant them and not pluck them up
w) I will give them a heart to know Me Jeremiah 24:7
that I am the LORD and they shall be My people
and I will be their God
x) I have loved you with an everlasting love Jeremiah 31:3
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you
y) I will make a new covenant Jeremiah 31:31-33
i) I will put My law in their minds
ii) And write it on their hearts
iii) I will be their God and they shall be My People
z) Call to Me and I will show you Jeremiah 33:3
great and mighty things, which you do not know

5. Important Practical Wisdom

a) Solutions must be thorough and complete
b) Many aspects must be looked into
c) They take a lifetime to practice
d) What is needed to succeed?
i) Prayer
ii) Patience
iii) Perseverance
iv) Power from God