Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – July 3rd, 2016
Theme: Standing on God’s Promises
Topic: I Will be Your God
Main Texts: Jeremiah 32:1-46
Key Verse: Jeremiah 32:38 – “They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (NIV)
This quarter, our bible studies will again align with the Church sermon theme of “Standing on God’s Promises”.
Claiming and standing on God’s promises is one of the things we get excited about, especially the promises of an easy and prosperous life for us. In this series, we will look at some of His promises – the circumstances that underlie them, their applicability to us, and what they demand from us in response. The first of the promises we will study (this Sunday) is “I Will be Your God”.
Key learning from the study should include:
Just as God allowed Nebuchanezzar to lay siege on Jerusalem as a result of His people’s apostasy, Nigeria is today under siege by several forces. God is more interested in our addressing the issues that made Him allow our situation, than in making us feel good or more comfortable.
When we as God’s people stray from Him or become unfaithful to Him, He often allows us to go through difficult times which could sometimes make us wonder if He is still there for us. He does this because He is God and we are His people. He seeks the likes of Jeremiah from among us, who would engage with Him and seek to draw attention of the people to the issues God is concerned about.
No amount of faith and “claiming” can avert a course of discipline that God has chosen for us to restore us to the right relationship with Him. Our hardship is never an indication that He has lost interest in us; it is for us to let Him be our God again.
God spoke the words in our text today through Prophet Jeremiah at a most threatening time in the life of Judah. The Babylonian army had surrounded Jerusalem. Before this, Jeremiah had warned Zedekiah king of Judah of this impending siege and the difficult time that would come as a direct consequence of Israel’s apostasy. The king didn’t like such negative prophecy and had imprisoned Jeremiah right in the palace. Now it actually happened: Nebuchadnezzar’s army had surrounded Jerusalem and it was going to be a matter of time before Judah surrendered. Despite the fact that the situation was proving Jeremiah right, he still pleaded with God (vv17-25), reminding Him of the great things He had done for His people in time past, hoping that this might make God avert the disaster. He actually thought that perhaps God’s command for him to buy land in the besieged city might be an indication that God was about to do something dramatic to deliver the people.
1. What signs of a siege – if any – of your homeland do you see at this time and who are the assailants that are threatening to hold it captive? Despite Jeremiah’s passionate prayer, God did not agree to avert the captivity. God’s people had forsaken Him – they had rejected Him as their God. The captivity was necessary for their restoration. It would bring them to repentance. Then they would return to their land and would prosper once again. The instruction for Jeremiah to buy land in the city was like God’s guaranty of that promise. When danger looms such as Judah faced in this case, people are inclined to adduce various reasons for the situation, and it is easy to miss what God is saying.
2. What blames are being traded in the current siege of your homeland, and are there the “Jeremiahs” that are seeking God’s mind on the situation? We seek to encourage ourselves when faced with a siege as Judah was. However, God’s ultimate objective is not just to avert suffering, but to get us to turn to Him by addressing the situation that led to the siege. We would love to hold on to verses 27 and 38-42. But not the verses in-between (28-37). He may take the land through difficult times indeed, but He assures His people that their suffering is in the context of His love for them. He is more interested in restoring His relationship with His people than in leaving them in comfortable apostasy. He remained God, but His people had to let Him be their God again.
3. What should be the response of Christians to God’s promise of being our God in times of siege, and what messages should we be communicating to the generality of the people? In difficult times, everyone seeks some refuge. Some take to drinking or lasciviousness in the hope of drowning the thought of the situation. Some seek an answer in new religions. Today, many people in western countries view that Christianity as a religion has not solved man’s problem and are embracing eastern and middle-eastern religions. Even some Christians occasionally find themselves doubting if indeed God remains their God, especially when they are not exempt from the sufferings befalling everyone else.
4. How can the Christian stay confident that he or she belongs to God, and that God is still his or her God?
Father, open the eyes of our understanding to see the role You want us to play in the destiny of our nation, that we may truly represent You to our people, that You may be our God indeed, in Jesus’ name, Amen.