Old Testament
Lesson 41
I Have Made Thee This Day an Iron Pillar


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to remain faithful in times of opposition and adversity.

Scripture references for study:  Jeremiah 12; Jeremiah 15; Jeremiah 20; Jeremiah 26; Jeremiah 3638
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Lesson 41 Handout (PDF format)


Jeremiah Is Called Of God To Be A Prophet

  1. Who was Jeremiah?
  2. Jeremiah's Call.

Jeremiah Faces Opposition

  1. Jeremiah preached to the people in an effort to turn them from idolatry and immorality.
  2. "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2:13)
  3. The ancient Jews of Jeremiah's time centered their lives on the wrong things and refused to change when called to repentance. As a consequence, Jeremiah's prophecies were fulfilled. The Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and took the Jews captive.

Jeremiah Is Strengthened In Adversity

  1. "Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."
  2. (Jeremiah 1:9)
  3. "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts."
  4. (Jeremiah 15:16)
  5. "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
  6. (Jeremiah 20:9)


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Jeremiah lived in a time of great wickedness. He was called to preach the gospel of repentance and though it was not easy, he was strengthened by the Lord and fulfilled his mission. We also live in a time of great wickedness. Living in the world exposes us to the carnal desires of man and they are made to look attractive. We must be careful not to get caught up in the ways of the world and "hew" out "broken cisterns." One way to do this, to keep our lives Divinely centered, is by eating or feasting upon the words of the Lord through prayerful, meditative scripture study on a daily basis. If we do this, like Jeremiah, we will be able to endure adversity and fulfill our missions.
  2. Record your thoughts on the life of Jeremiah. How can the lessons from his life strengthen you, particularly in times of adversity?


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