Slide 9Inductive StudyWho is talking? Who is he talking to?What is his tone in these verses? Is the tone the same as in previous verses or different?What do you think the difference is?What is the tense of this verse?
Slide 10Inductive StudyWhat does the phrase “Lord of Host” mean?Who is the “them” that Jeremiah is referring to?
Slide 12Inductive StudyWhat is Jeremiah doing in verse 13?
Slide 12Inductive Study
Life Lesson 3-4A: Persevere When Attacked
Rhema Bible Study
Life Lesson 3-4
Jeremiah 37:11-17; 38:4-6, 14-18
• To understand what do I believe
about my faith?
• To answer how do I know the will
These lessons can lead you to
persevere in serving God
regardless of the cost and
Persevere in Obedience
1. Persevere When Attacked
1. Persevere When Others Waver
2. Persevere Through Obedience
to God’s Word
Persevere When Attacked
Conduct an inductive study on
11 When the Chaldean army withdrew from Jerusalem
because of Pharaoh’s army, 12 Jeremiah started to
leave Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to claim
his portion there among the people. 13 But when he
was at the Benjamin Gate, an officer of the guard was
there, whose name was Irijah son of Shelemiah, son
of Hananiah, and he apprehended Jeremiah the
prophet, saying, “You are deserting to the
14 “That’s a lie,” Jeremiah replied. “I am not deserting
to the Chaldeans!” Irijah would not listen to him but
apprehended Jeremiah and took him to the officials.
15 The officials were angry at Jeremiah and beat him
and placed him in jail in the house of Jonathan the
scribe, for it had been made into a prison. 16 So
Jeremiah went into a cell in the dungeon and stayed
there many days.
17 King Zedekiah later sent for him and
received him, and in his house privately asked
him, “Is there a word from the LORD?”
“There is,” Jeremiah responded, and he
continued, “You will be handed over to the
king of Babylon.”
Inductive Study: What to Look For
1. Why was Jeremiah arrested and detained? What was Jeremiah’s explanation for
his actions? (v. 11-12)
1. What did the Jewish officials assume Jeremiah was doing? Do you think this was a
reasonable assumption for them to make? Explain. (v.13)
2. Why do you think King Zedekiah wanted to talk to Jeremiah (v.17)? Why do you
think he chose to speak to the prophet in private instead of in a public place?
3. Why did Zedekiah keep asking Jeremiah whether there was a word from the
Lord, when he rejected the message he had been given before?
4. What risks was Jeremiah taking by continuing to say what God had told him to
say? What risks would he have taken by telling the king what he wanted to hear?
5. When has continuing to obey God forced you to weigh risks or consider dangers?
• Jeremiah’s imprisonments
• 1st - One night (Jer 20:1-3)
• 2nd – (Jer 32:1-3)
• 3rd – this study
• Babylonian occupation of Judah
• Judah was rebellious but weak puppet
• Babylonian total conquest of Judah fast
• Egyptians too invaded Judah, reasosn
unknown but Jeremiah predicted
• Events in today’s lesson likely
happened just a couple of years after
1. Jeremiah travels to the land of
Benjamin (v. 12) to claim “his portion”
or land he bought from his cousin (Jer
2. Jeremiah’s confrontation and arrest
3. The role of Jonathan the scribe and
1. Jeremiah’s discussion with King
2. Jeremiah’s perseverance and
obedience to God’s word
3. The message: not only would Judah
fall to Babylon, Judah’s king would be
at the mercy of Babylon’s
king…submit or it would be worse.
1. Believers must persevere in obedience to
God even if it places them in dangerous
1. Commitment to speak the full truth about
God and the gospel to the people around
you who need to hear.
1. What promises would sustain us should we
suffer persecution or even imprisonment?
Persevere When Others Waver