"The Nation That Switched Gods"
Wednesday AM Bible Study
August 3, 2004
Chapter 1 gives us the introductory information about Jeremiah's ministry.
And beginning with Chapter 2, we begin to hear his message.
In this section, God - speaking through His prophet Jeremiah - begins
to lay out His charge against His disobedient and rebellious people, Israel.
They have done an unprecedented thing: they have changed gods - forsaking
the one true God who had been their glory (2:11), and turning instead
to that which could not help them. More than that, He even shows them
how their disobedience and rebellion has hurt them (vv. 14-19). But the
great God of grace concludes His list of charges with an appeal to His
people to return to Him (3:4-5).
This passage is a timely word of God to our own nation - having forsaken
as it has the God who had so blessed it in the past, and having turned
instead to other things that only result in its hurt, dishonor and loss.
But let's not neglect to take this passage personally as well. Have we
- personally - turned away from the one true God to other things?
I. THE LORD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL (2:1-3).
II. ISRAEL'S LACK OF LOVE TO THE LORD (2:4-8).
III. THE LORD'S CHARGES AGAINST HIS WAYWARD PEOPLE (2:9-13).
IV. THE MANIFEST RESULT OF ISRAEL'S SIN (2:14-19).
V. THE DEPTH OF ISRAEL'S UNFAITHFULNESS (2:20-35).
A. Their duplicity (vv. 20-22).
B. Their spiritual lustfulness (vv. 23-25).
C. Their idolatry (vv. 26-28).
D. Their unrepentance (vv. 29-30).
E. Their forgetfulness (vv. 31-32).
F. Their arrogance (vv. 33-35).
VI. GOD'S REJECTION OF ISRAEL'S ALLIES (2:36-37).
VII. GOD'S APPEAL TO ISRAEL TO RETURN TO HIM (3:1-5).