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Jeremiah 33: The Sure and Certain Promise

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Jeremiah.

When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent messengers to Jesus asking if he was the Messiah or not. The question probably came from confusion and despair. After all, hadn't John proclaimed the Coming One who would take away the sins of the world? Surely the Messiah's coming would bring freedom and fulfillment for everyone. Why was John imprisoned?

God had warned Jeremiah from the moment of his call that his ministry would be difficult. Even so, like John the Baptist, there must have been days of frustration. He was ignored, rejected, despised and imprisoned. In the midst of that darkness, God comes to Jeremiah with a candle of light. Sometimes God doesn't rescue us. Sometimes he does. Either way, he extends his love and grace.

Warming Up to God

When things look dark and depressing, what do you do to gain encouragement and hope?

Read Jeremiah 33

Discovering the Word

  • Jeremiah is imprisoned in Jerusalem with the Babylonian army at the gates. What does God do to offer him comfort?
  • The Hebrew meaning of the Lord's name used here is "Promise Keeper." Why do you think God repeats his name four times in verses 2-4?
  • God invites Jeremiah to call out for assurance and then immediately offers his response (vv. 4-9). In what way would God's words be comforting?
  • What is God going to do to fulfill his promises to Judah and Israel (vv. 15-18)?
  • The destruction of Israel and Judah could lead to the accusation that God was a covenant breaker. How does God answer this (vv. 20-26)?

Applying the Word

  • Have there been times in your life when you felt confined, trapped or limited?
  • How could or did the knowledge of God help?
  • How would your experience of life and your relationship with God be different if he was untrustworthy?

Responding in Prayer

Offer praise to the only God worthy of your trust.