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This series is a summer preaching cooperative shared by four diocesan churches in chicagoland.

The events of 2020 have brought us to our knees.

COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 100,000 Americans and put many more out of work. Under quarantine, many of us have grown lonely and spiritually numb. The murder of George Floyd has prompted our nation to reckon with our legacy of systemic racism, sparking protests and demands for justice. In the midst of these competing crises, it seems like both our society and our personal lives are spiraling out of control.

Despite this personal and cultural exile, the Lord is not silent. What is God’s invitation to us in this upheaval? To answer that question, we will turn to the prophet Jeremiah, whose messages from God to His people contain vibrant and startling images that both expose our spiritual condition and magnify God’s merciful heart toward us.

Over the next 10 weeks, we will see that
God wants us back, and is offering us a fresh hope, a clarified purpose, and a promised season of renewal.

Reading Schedule

JUNE
JEREMIAH
14-20
21-27
28-Jul 4
1:1-12
2:1-13
10:1-18
JULY
JEREMIAH
5-11
12-18
19-25
26-AUG 1
17:1-13
18:1-23
29:1-14
31:1-26
AUGUST
JEREMIAH
2-8
9-15
16-22
32:1-15, 36-44
33:12-26
37:11-38:13
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This Week

INSTRUCTIONS: 
Each week following the sermon, re-read that previous Sunday’s preaching passage every day, asking the Lord to be with you and speak to you. (For example, after you hear the Sunday sermon on Jeremiah 1:1-12, read Jeremiah 1:1-12 each day for the following week.) Then, either in one sitting or throughout the week, respond to and meditate on the study questions and personal questions in your prayer journal. (Don’t have a prayer journal? Grab any blank-ish notebook and start one!) 

WEEK 3: Scarecrows in a Cucumber Patch (10:1-18)

“But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”

SUMMARY: The “way of the nations” which seem secure and powerful are actually pathetic. That’s the truth behind Jeremiah’s image of a scarecrow in a cucumber patch. These ungodly ways are not to be feared or imitated. In comparison, the Living God is to be feared, adored, and obeyed. 

STUDY QUESTIONS:

  • This passage addresses our fears by contrasting God and idols. What fears do you imagine the people of Israel had in their day (see 10:2, 5)?
  • What differences does Jeremiah highlight between their idols and the God of Israel?

PERSONAL QUESTIONS:

  • Compare the “way of the nations” of Jeremiah’s time with our day: When have you seen our cultural idols and worthless practices on display? 
  • What encouragement does God give us to not fear? How can we respond to God’s kingship over our neighborhood?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you founded the world and spread the heavens with matchless power and unimaginable glory. Grant that we, being encouraged by your creative power, may boldly and compassionately call all things into the loving obedience of your perfect ways. Amen.

Up Next: Jeremiah 17:1–13

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