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Wednesday AM Bible Study
June 1, 2005
The circumstance of the judgment about to fall on the rebellious Israelites
in Egypt causes Jeremiah to insert a word of God once given to Baruch
(Jeremiah's assistant). It is a word God speaks to those of us living in a
time when His judgment is near.
I. THE OCCASION OF THIS WORD (v. 1).
A. It was the circumstance of Baruch recording the words of Jeremiah and
reporting them to King Jehoiakim (Chp. 36). The king's rejection of the
word of God ensured the coming of judgment.
B. This story was given to help explain the deliverance from death that God
had provided to Baruch (43:1-7).
II. THE AGONY OF THE SERVANT (vv. 2-3).
A. He expressed, "Woe is me now!" He felt sorrow at the king's rejection
of God's word, and the assured judgment that would follow.
B. He felt grief added to sorrow (that is, deep mourning).
C. He felt faint (that he was failing) because of his sighing (that is,
deep depression and discouragement).
D. He felt no rest (longing for peace and an end to the suffering).
E. God let's Baruch know that He hears Baruch's cry.
III. THE RESPONSE OF GOD (v. 4-5).
A. God's purpose stands (v. 4).
B. Do not seek great things for yourself (that is, peace, comfort,
affluence and security) in a time of judgment (1 Cor. 7:29-31; 1 John 2:17;
see also 2 Kings 5:26-27 and Matthew 20:20-23).
C. Trust God's promise to preserve your live; and be content with this
(Prov. 30:7-9; Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Tim. 6:6-10).