Jeremiah 22

Jeremiah 22:1-30

SUMMARYObvious lesson

OVERVIEWGod tells Jeremiah to accuse Zedekiah and the preceding kings of being corrupt, immoral, and leading the people astray.

BIG IDEAListen and obey.

KEY VERSEJeremiah 22:8–9 (God to Jeremiah)
People from many nations will pass by the ruins of this city and say to one another, “Why did the Lord destroy such a great city? And the answer will be, “Because they violated their covenant with the Lord their God by worshiping other gods.”

When people look at your life, I want them to recognize your love for me and your faithfulness. I will give you every chance to grow and mature into the person I’ve called you to be. I will encourage and coach and instruct. If you follow me, you will produce much fruit in your life. But if you do not obey, you will be forever stuck and stalled. Listen and obey.

I will give you opportunities to show my love and kindness to others. Some of these acts of service will challenge you. You won’t think you have the time or the resources, or you will be concerned I’m sending you to unknown places or commanding you to care for those you previously did not like. I want you to trust me and fix your eyes and heart on me. Don’t let your pride or selfishness control you—let my Spirit be your chief influence. If you want security in life, learn to listen to my voice. Follow me, and I will make things clear.

Ask God and trusted friends to reveal your blind spots. In what ways are you limiting your growth or failing to step out in faith? Focus on one or two areas and ask God for his help in overcoming them.