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Sunday Bible Study: Jeremiah 20:7-13

On this Third Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on following the road of life that is mapped out by our connection with God, realizing that sometimes this path is a road that feels very lonely. The prophet Jeremiah followed this path during the time of the exile of the Jewish people to Babylon, and he experienced many challenging days during his life. However, the challenges were strengthened by his firm belief that he was following the path given to him by God, and doing God's will.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of the prophet Jeremiah. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Jeremiah 20:7-13). During our study, we will also read and reflect on the lament found in Psalm 13, which may be found by following the provided link: (Psalm 13).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the Scripture passage from Jeremiah, read Psalm 13 for another example of a lament to God. Reflect on the similarities in each Scripture passage, especially noting the "raw and honest" sharing of sorrow, ending with hope for the future.

  • After reading the "WHAT..." and "WHERE..." paragraphs in the study guide below, reflect the statement: "lament is rooted in an intimate relationship with God," and think how the sharing of feelings brings one closer to God.

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph in the study guide below, reflect on your experiences and reflect if you have ever felt God was asking something of you that might have been difficult or had the potential to make you feel lonely...and although you may have been hesitant, you did it anyway.

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