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Great and Hidden Things

Day: 1

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Known and Called

Ann Swindell

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. - Jeremiah 1

Have you ever known God was calling you to do something, but you felt unequipped or worried you didn't have it in you to accomplish the task?

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Day: 2

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Spotting a Fake

Melissa Spoelstra

For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. - Jeremiah 2

I remember being at church camp as a teenager and hearing the speaker tell a story of a little girl with a fake pearl necklace.

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Day: 3

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

You Have to Choose One

Katy McCown

Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but in pretense, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ. - Jeremiah 3

"You can't do it," I told my son. "You absolutely cannot root for both teams."

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Day: 4

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Where is Sin Taking You?

Kayla Ferris

If you return, O Israel, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, to me you should return. - Jeremiah 4

It is never fun to be the bearer of bad news.

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Day: 5

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

One Man To Be Found

Kellye Schiffner Carver

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her. - Jeremiah 5

Have you ever struggled to forgive someone? What if they commit the same grievance a second or third time, even after all is forgiven?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Call of Jeremiah

Jeremiah 1-5 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

When God Rejects Our Worship

Titania Paige

What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me. - Jeremiah 6

It's generally considered rude — and quite awkward — to reject a gift, especially from a close friend or relative.

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Day: 7

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

False Hope

Karen McNary

But this command I gave them: 'Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you. - Jeremiah 7

It's hard to admit I have areas in my life that resemble the Israelites in today's text: obedience in some areas, but simultaneous disobedience in others, and hope placed in religious activities.

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Day: 8

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Turning toward Wisdom

Lyli Dunbar

Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lᴏʀᴅ who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ.' - Jeremiah 8-9

I find it hard to watch the news these days. There are so many heartbreaking stories of pain and violence.

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Day: 9

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Our True Living God

Alexandra Hoover

Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the Lᴏʀᴅ of hosts is his name. - Jeremiah 10

Often, the work of our hands becomes what we worship. Whether it be our jobs or relationships, we tend to seek solace from the hardships of life.

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Day: 10

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

So be it, Lord

Ann Swindell

'Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God, that I may confirm the oath that I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.' Then I answered, 'So be it, Lᴏʀᴅ.' - Jeremiah 11

We live in a culture that often views God as a genie in a bottle who grants wishes, or as a last resort to pray to in an emergency when you're out of other options. But neither is true.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Our Worship, Prayers and Sacrifices

Jeremiah 6-11 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

When Life's Not Fair

Kellye Schiffner Carver

Righteous are you, O Lᴏʀᴅ, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive? - Jeremiah 12

Does life ever seem unfair to you? Maybe you've encountered a dishonest colleague, a malicious bully, an unreliable friend or an unfaithful spouse.

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Day: 12

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Clinging

Melissa Spoelstra

For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the Lord, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen. - Jeremiah 13

I remember a sixth-grade pool party when I had hidden my undergarments in between my shorts and T-shirt after changing into my swimsuit.

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Day: 13

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Wait or Wander?

Lyli Dunbar

Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lᴏʀᴅ our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all things. - Jeremiah 14

Quite frequently in my neighborhood, a frantic dog owner will post a message on our community message board about a four-legged wanderer.

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Day: 14

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Keeping it Real

Melissa Spoelstra

Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. The Lᴏʀᴅ said, 'Have I not set you free for their good? Have I not pleaded for you before the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress?' - Jeremiah 15

During a recent move, I discovered a bin full of old journals. As I read through my prayers spanning three decades, I noticed my pattern of crying out to the Lord in times of struggle.

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Day: 15

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Kayla Ferris

The word of the Lᴏʀᴅ came to me: 'You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place.' - Jeremiah 16

I love weddings. I love flowers and the white dress.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Aligning our Heart with God’s Assignment

Jeremiah 12-16 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

From Deceit to Repentance

Kellye Schiffner Carver

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 'I the Lᴏʀᴅ search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.' - Jeremiah 17

I sometimes feel embarrassed when I pray. "Father, my temper got the best of me again."

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Day: 17

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Forming a Heart of Trust

Lysa TerKeurst

Then the word of the Lᴏʀᴅ came to me: 'O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lᴏʀᴅ. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.' - Jeremiah 18

I want to be someone who trusts God no matter what. I imagine you want that to be the story of your life, as well.

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Day: 18

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

If We Want to Avoid Disaster

Katy McCown

You shall say, 'Hear the word of the Lᴏʀᴅ, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.' - Jeremiah 19

Maybe it didn't seem urgent. Maybe they had their minds on something else.

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Day: 19

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Taking Our Burdens to a Faithful God

Alexandra Hoover

O Lᴏʀᴅ, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, 'Violence and destruction!' For the word of the Lᴏʀᴅ has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. - Jeremiah 20

There have been plenty of times in my Christian walk where I felt as if I couldn't be honest with the Lord.

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Day: 20

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Last Resort

Titania Paige

Inquire of the Lᴏʀᴅ for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the Lᴏʀᴅ will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us. - Jeremiah 21

In the first grade, my teacher sent me home with a disciplinary letter for giving a boy in my class a nosebleed.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Dust in the Potter's Hands

Jeremiah 17-21 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Lifting Up the Beaten Down

Karen Ehman

Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. - Jeremiah 22

My mother is not at all as outgoing as her talks-incessantly-to-anyone-who-will-listen daughter, but her quiet, loving actions spoke volumes to me while growing up.

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Day: 22

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Sheep and Shepherds

Kayla Ferris

‘Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!’ declares the Lᴏʀᴅ. - Jeremiah 23

When I found out I was pregnant with baby number three, my husband realized we were going to need a bigger vehicle.

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Day: 23

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

A Sweet Offering

Lyli Dunbar

I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lᴏʀᴅ, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. - Jeremiah 24

I grabbed a handful of cherry tomatoes and a mini container of guacamole from the refrigerator for a mid-afternoon snack, but something tasted strange.

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Day: 24

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Work of Our Hands

Ann Swindell

Yet you have not listened to me, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, that you might provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. - Jeremiah 25

When my daughter was 2 years old, my husband and I would tell her the same things over and over.

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Day: 25

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

An Unpopular Message and Messenger

Whitney Capps

Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lᴏʀᴅ sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears. - Jeremiah 26

Bearers of bad news are often blamed for the message they deliver.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Great Shepherd

Jeremiah 22-26 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 26

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

When You Don’t Like What God Says

Katy McCown

Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. - Jeremiah 27

She didn’t want to take it. It only took one dose, and I could tell by the sour face she made that it tasted terrible.

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Day: 27

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

A Phony Prophet

Titania Paige

And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, ‘Listen, Hananiah, the Lᴏʀᴅ has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ: “Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the Lᴏʀᴅ.”’ - Jeremiah 28

In movies, one plot Hollywood loves to employ is the “evil-copycat scenario.” It usually involves one central character being cloned or impersonated by a fake but extremely identical counterpart.

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Day: 28

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Surviving Our Seasons of Suffering

Lysa TerKeurst

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29

Have you ever walked through difficult circumstances that felt unending? The kind that requires you to be longsuffering?

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Day: 29

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

I Love a Great Ending

Karen McNary

For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it. - Jeremiah 30

As a child, I loved to read mystery thriller books — and the scarier, the better! I was often asked how I could stomach the suspense.

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Day: 30

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Where Our Hope is Found

Alexandra Hoover

Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. - Jeremiah 31

Jeremiah 31 offers us our greatest hope: God’s plan to rescue and redeem His family with the promise of a new and better covenant.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Yoke of Jesus

Jeremiah 27-31 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 31

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Hope in Surrender

Melissa Spoelstra

Ah, Lord Gᴏᴅ! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. - Jeremiah 32

My friend recently told a story of two scuba divers who went into a cave with crystal clear water and explored amazing sights.

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Day: 32

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Call on the Lord

Karen McNary

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. - Jeremiah 33

Have you ever had one of those head-scratching days where you didn’t understand what was happening or how a situation could have taken such a bad turn? It seems like Jeremiah was in one of those seasons.

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Day: 33

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Promises to Keep

Lyli Dunbar

You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name, but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves. - Jeremiah 34

One of my favorite poems is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." In it, Robert Frost explains he cannot linger in the woods to watch the snow fall because he has "promises to keep."

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Day: 34

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

There's a Saying ...

Kayla Ferris

The sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have kept the command that their father gave them … - Jeremiah 35

We have a saying in our house: Don't compete, don't compare, don't complain.

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Day: 35

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Delete Button

Melissa Spoelstra

Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. - Jeremiah 36

Life can feel challenging even on our best days. When I open my emails, social media messages or voicemails, I hold my breath a little wondering if the information will brighten or discourage my mood.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Godly Examples

Jeremiah 32-36 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 36

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Signs of a Single-Minded Soul

Katy McCown

King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 'Please pray for us to the Lᴏʀᴅ our God.' - Jeremiah 37

Something didn't look quite right. As I closed the refrigerator door, I noticed the sports brackets hanging side by side, but one had most certainly been tampered with.

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Day: 37

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

What Are You Aiming For?

Katy McCown

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, 'Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If you will surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then your life shall be spared, and this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live.' - Jeremiah 38

I was cold, but I didn't care. As long as he was happy.

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Day: 38

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Trusting in God's Promise of Deliverance

Titania Paige

'For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me,' declares the Lᴏʀᴅ. - Jeremiah 39

A Sunday school teacher asked his students, "What would be the worst part about spending eternity in hell?" One student answered, "You'll be tortured with flames." Another responded, "You'll never see your loved ones."

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Day: 39

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Embrace the Unexpected

Kellye Schiffner Carver

The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, 'The Lᴏʀᴅ your God pronounced this disaster against this place. The Lᴏʀᴅ has brought it about, and has done as he said. Because you sinned against the Lᴏʀᴅ and did not obey his voice, this thing has come upon you.' - Jeremiah 40

How do you feel about surprises? Perhaps you're a big fan and would love a surprise party for your next birthday.

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Day: 40

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

A Case of Identity Amnesia

Alexandra Hoover

In the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, one of the chief officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at Mizpah … - Jeremiah 41

Have you ever heard a story that left you wondering how on earth it could have happened? The Bible is full of those stories, often including broken people living lives and making decisions that leave us dumbfounded.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Willing to Fail for God

Jeremiah 37-41 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 41

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Six Miles Out

Whitney Capps

Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, 'Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lᴏʀᴅ your God for us, for all this remnant-because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us-that the Lᴏʀᴅ your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.' - Jeremiah 42-43

One of the best pieces of parenting advice I ever received was the reminder that my husband and I are raising adults. That's the long game.

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Day: 42

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

A Bond of Sorrow

Kayla Ferris

Jeremiah said to all the people and all the women, 'Hear the word of the Lᴏʀᴅ, all you of Judah who are in the land of Egypt.' - Jeremiah 44

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today. I mean, we have been through a lot together with our friend, Jeremiah.

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Day: 43

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Me-ology

Melissa Spoelstra

And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go. - Jeremiah 45

This human problem of self-centeredness infects us all.

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Day: 44

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Never Stronger than God

Ann Swindell

The swift cannot flee away, nor the warrior escape; in the north by the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen. - Jeremiah 46

Humans have written books and cracked codes. We have formed universities and built computers.

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Day: 45

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

The Sharp Edge of Judgment

Lyli Dunbar

Ah, sword of the Lᴏʀᴅ! How long till you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still! - Jeremiah 47

Recently, my husband and I discovered a reality television show that features bladesmiths competing to forge the finest sword.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Being Christ-Centered

Jeremiah 42-47 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 46

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

When Comfort Is My Enemy

Lysa TerKeurst

Moab has been at ease from his youth and has settled on his dregs; he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile; so his taste remains in him, and his scent is not changed. - Jeremiah 48

Certain. Comfortable. Predictable.

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Day: 47

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Perfect Justice

Karen McNary

For thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ: 'If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink.' - Jeremiah 49

As a mom of three young men, I find myself often repeating things I feel my sons should already know.

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Day: 48

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Does God Use Evil?

Titania Paige

Israel is a hunted sheep driven away by lions. First, the king of Assyria devoured him, and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has gnawed his bones. Therefore, thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing punishment on the king of Babylon and his land, as I punished the king of Assyria. - Jeremiah 50

Sitting before the principal felt like awaiting a judge's final verdict. Though I never bullied anyone, I befriended a girl known to terrify students in our school — including boys.

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Day: 49

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Purpose in the Punishment

Kellye Schiffner Carver

The land trembles and writhes in pain, for the Lᴏʀᴅ'ꜱ purposes against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant. - Jeremiah 51

Punishment and discipline can be controversial topics. Spankings, timeouts, losing privileges — there are as many opinions as there are parents.

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Day: 50

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

God's Promise Prevails

Katy McCown

So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king's table. - Jeremiah 52

As we come to the end of Jeremiah, instead of a people humbled, willing to listen to God and obey Him, we find the hopeless ending to the people of God's story.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Great and Hidden Things

Parallels Between Us and Jehoaichin

Jeremiah 48-52 - Weekend Teaching

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