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Jeremiah 33:14-17

Jeremiah 33:14-17 –Hope in Exile

Lesson Focus:

We are in exile waiting hopefully for our king to come again. We must wait while proclaiming with our voice and our actions God’s desire for justice and righteousness.

Lesson Outcomes:

Through this lessons students should:

1.Recognize that the church in America is in exile.

2.Identify the season of Advent as a time of active and hopeful waiting.

3.Understand that our King has come and is coming again to finally and fully establish justice and righteousness.

Catching up on the story:

Jeremiah, a prophet from the southern nation of Judah leading up to and during the Babylonian invasion of Judah, is spoken to by God while in prison in the court of the guard. God calls to Jeremiah and encourages him to seek God, calling on his name, so that God might reveal to him things that are hidden and secret. Jeremiah must have complied because what follows is a series of promissory oracles which detail a positive future for Israel and Judah.

A bleak vision filled with destruction is painted for us first. This vision will contrast with the promises that God will make to Jeremiah for Israel and Judah. A current detail of the destruction and despair that Judah has just or will experience is crucial for