By Michael C. Mack
1. Has God recently called you to serve him in a way that could be risky, dangerous, and/or difficult? How have you responded to him?
2. What is something on which people spend lots of money, time, or energy which is ultimately worthless? (Why do you think they do that?)
Ask two people to read aloud Jeremiah 2:1-13, 26-28; 4:1-2 one after the other, preferably from different Bible versions. Then ask a third person to briefly summarize the passage.
3. Throughout this passage, in what different ways did people treat God?
- How did God respond?
4. Like the church in Ephesus, the Israelites had forsaken the love they had at first (Revelation 2:1-4). What causes people to stray so far from a loving and glorious God?
5. Look again at the charges God brought against Israel (2:9-13). What charges would God bring against his people today?
- In light of those charges, how should we respond? (See 4:1-2; Revelation 2:5.)
- How will God respond if we do return to him?
6. What do you learn about God’s nature from this passage? (See especially 2:7 and 4:1-2; cf. Luke 15:11-24.)
7. What do you learn about yourself?
8. How can you use this passage to share God’s truth and grace with someone who has strayed from God?
9. Based on our study and discussion, complete the sentence: “I will . . .”
10. In what area of life are you currently asking, “Where is the Lord?”
For Next Week: Read and reflect on Jeremiah 7:1-15, 21-23. You can also read next week’s supplemental texts as well as the Study and Application sections as part of your personal study.