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Sermon, Sunday September 18, 2016

Jeremiah 1:11-19 New International Version (NIV)

11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[a] to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”

“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”

14 The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones
    in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;
they will come against all her surrounding walls
    and against all the towns of Judah.
16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people
    because of their wickedness in forsaking me,
in burning incense to other gods
    and in worshiping what their hands have made.

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah Creative Series

Each Sunday from September to December, someone from the SPL community will share their creative interpretation of the scripture.

This week, Angelica Atkins has painted “Vision”, acrylic on Canvas.

Open your eyes this Fall as we explore the question…”What do you see?” (Jer. 1:13)

Angelica Atkins painting.png


Sermon Study Questions: Jeremiah 1:11-19 

  1. Explain (or Google) the connection between the Hebrew words for “almond tree” and “watching”. What hope might there be in this first vision.
  2. It seems like God is responsible for the disaster coming on Israel. Is that the case and if so, how can a God who loves cause/allow something like this to happen?
  3. Jeremiah’s God-given job is to stand strong in the middle of terrifying times. Being a prophet seems like a thankless job, why does God choose to use prophets?
  4. Where are you being asked, perhaps by God, to stand strong, even fearlessly in your life these days?
  5. Why does life have to be so hard?


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