Background: The prophet Jeremiah spoke for 42 years to Judah (God’s people). His prophetic witness spanned over the reigns of 5 kings. Sadly, most of his words urging them to repent and turn back to God went unheeded and Judah was eventually taken into captivity by the Babylonians.
While Jeremiah was prophecying Judah’s eventual downfall to Babylon because of their hard hearts towards the Lord, he gave them a ray of of hope for their future. Not only did Jeremiah give God’s people a ray of hope, but he encouraged another prophet years later.
Ask the children…
What prophecy did the Lord give Jeremiah regarding the length of a Judah’s captivity and what He would do their captors the Babylonians?
“‘Then, after the seventy years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins,’ says the Lord. ‘I will make the country of the Babylonians[e] a wasteland forever. 13 I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book—all the penalties announced by Jeremiah against the nations.’” (Jeremiah 25:11, 12)
What did the prophet Daniel due as a result of this prophecy during his captivity in Babylonia?
“I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.[b] 3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.” (Daniel 9:2, 3)
Daniel took Jeremiah’s prophecy seriously and went to prayer to God as a result. The rest of the story is that a remnant of God’s did go back to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity and Babylonia was eventually destroyed. God’s words stand forever and they will ALL be fulfilled.
Ask your children what promises of God they are putting their trust in? If they can’t think of any, have them read Isaiah 40:31; Proverbs 3:5, 6; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; or Philippians 4:8, 9. Then choose one and begin to pray about it and claim God’s promise for their lives. See if He doesn’t come through on His promise.
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