FIRE IN MY BONES Part 5: A Fountain of Tears
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, Luke 19:41-44
Theme: Jeremiah did not run from the pain of his people, but instead felt it and cried out to God about it. His example serves to remind Christians that real change involves a confession of how things are and a commitment to join God in bringing things to how things ought to be.
1. This morning was Freedom Sunday, where we talked about modern day slavery. What are some other ongoing modern day tragedies?
2. Have you ever felt overwhelmed in sorrow or anger at injustice in the world? Describe that.
3. Read Jeremiah 8:18-9:1. What emotions do you see in Jeremiah?
4. How does 8:19b give us a clue why destruction is coming?
5. What causes people to be numb to the destruction in the world around them?
6. Read Jeremiah 8:21-9:1 again. If these are God’s words, what does this tell us about His heart?
7. What are some barriers to expressing sorrow, or lamenting over the brokenness in our world today?
8. Read Luke 19:41-44 and Luke 13:34. What do you see in Jesus’ heart towards the people of Jerusalem?
9. How can we as disciples internalize Jesus’ broken heart for our world?
10. What do you sense God inviting you to do in response to this?
Study Challenge Week 5
There are two texts per day. One way to worship God intentionally is twice per day, with one verse in the morning and one in the evening.
First, be silent in prayer for 1 minute.
Second, thank God for 2 specific things.
Third, invite Jesus to speak to you by asking these 3 questions.
1. What am I learning from these passages about faith?
2. Who is He inviting me to share this with?
3. How is He speaking to me during these times of worship?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
Monday: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and Psalm 79:1-9
Tuesday: Lamentations 1 and Amos 8:4-7
Wednesday: Psalm 113 and Matthew 21:12-17
Thursday: Matthew 23:37-39 and 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Friday: Luke 16:1-13 and 1 John 1:5-10
Jesus, you have called each of us to serve and obey. Give me strength every day to live in this calling, to be your hands and feet, to be faithful to that which has been given me.