The Sunday School Lesson Promise Of Restoration by David McGee
May 29, 2016
Promise Of Restoration (35:29)
Referenced Scriptures: Psalm 137:1-8; Jeremiah 29:1-14; Jeremiah 30:18-22; Jeremiah 52:1-23; Jeremiah 52:31-34; Lamentations 1:8-9
God is a great craftsman. He takes people who have seeminly lost all and works to restore them once again to be people who reflect the beauty of His image. This study explores hw God, even as He disciplined His people because of sin, offered a marvelous promise of restoration.
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
1) By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2) On the willows in the midst of it, We hung up our harps.
3) For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs. Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
4) How can we sing Yahweh‘s song in a foreign land?
5) If I forget you, Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill.
6) Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, If I don‘t remember you; If I don‘t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7) Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom, The day of Jerusalem; Who said, "Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!"
8) Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, He will be happy who rewards you, As you have served us.
1) Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the residue of the elders of the captivity, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon,
2) (after that Jeconiah the king, and the queen-mother, and the eunuchs, [and] the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem,)
3) by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,) saying,
4) Thus says Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel, to all the captivity, whom I have caused to be carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5) Build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
6) Take wives, and father sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply you there, and don‘t be diminished.
7) Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to Yahweh for it; for in the peace of it shall you have peace.
8) For thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel: Don‘t let your prophets who are in the midst of you, and your diviners, deceive you; neither listen you to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
9) For they prophesy falsely to you in my name: I have not sent them, says Yahweh.
10) For thus says Yahweh, After seventy years are accomplished for Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.
12) You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
13) You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
14) I will be found of you, says Yahweh, and I will turn again your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places wither I have driven you, says Yahweh; and I will bring you again to the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
18) Thus says Yahweh: Behold, I will turn again the captivity of Jacob‘s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling-places; and the city shall be built on its own hill, and the palace shall be inhabited after its own manner.
19) Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20) Their children also shall be as before, and their congregation shall be established before me; and I will punish all who oppress them.
21) Their prince shall be of themselves, and their ruler shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach to me: for who is he who has had boldness to approach to me? says Yahweh.
22) You shall be my people, and I will be your God.
1) Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother‘s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
2) He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
3) For through the anger of Yahweh did it happen in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
4) It happened in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about.
5) So the city was besieged to the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
6) In the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
7) Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king‘s garden; (now the Chaldeans were against the city round about;) and they went toward the Arabah.
8) But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
9) Then they took the king, and carried him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave judgment on him.
10) The king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he killed also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
11) He put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison until the day of his death.
12) Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, who stood before the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem:
13) and he burned the house of Yahweh, and the king‘s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great house, burned he with fire.
14) All the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.
15) Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the poorest of the people, and the residue of the people who were left in the city, and those who fell away, who fell to the king of Babylon, and the residue of the multitude.
16) But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poorest of the land to be vineyard keepers and farmers.
17) The pillars of brass that were in the house of Yahweh, and the bases and the brazen sea that were in the house of Yahweh, did the Chaldeans break in pieces, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.
18) The pots also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass with which they ministered, took they away.
19) The cups, and the fire pans, and the basins, and the pots, and the lampstands, and the spoons, and the bowls-that which was of gold, in gold, and that which was of silver, in silver,-the captain of the guard took away.
20) The two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made for the house of Yahweh-the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
21) As for the pillars, the height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a line of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness of it was four fingers: it was hollow.
22) A capital of brass was on it; and the height of the one capital was five cubits, with network and pomegranates on the capital round about, all of brass: and the second pillar also had like these, and pomegranates.
23) There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; all the pomegranates were one hundred on the network round about.
31) It happened in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the [first] year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison;
32) and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon,
33) and changed his prison garments. [Jehoiachin] ate bread before him continually all the days of his life:
34) and for his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him by the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.
8) Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she is become as an unclean thing; All who honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: Yes, she sighs, and turns backward.
9) Her filthiness was in her skirts; she didn‘t remember her latter end; Therefore is she come down wonderfully; she has no comforter: See, Yahweh, my affliction; for the enemy has magnified himself.
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