A Thanksgiving Feast

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Nov. 21, 2021

Jeremiah 5

A Thanksgiving Feast

“It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.' It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general.” - Cornelius Plantinga, Jr

1. Israel on the Brink (vs. 1-19)

A. “Look so that I may pardon” (v. 1)

Lamentations 3:22

B. Refusing Correction (vs. 2-5)

C. The Poor and the Great (vs. 4,5)

D. Predicted and Predictable Judgement (vs. 6-13)

E. The LORD God of Heaven’s Armies (v. 14)

F. What the Judgement will truly look like (vs. 15-17)

G. Detailed Destructions (v. 18)

H. Why? (v. 19)

2. Reasons Why? (vs. 20-24)

A. Character of the people (v. 21)

B. No Godly Fear (vs. 22, 23a)

3. Realizing Where It All Comes from (vs. 23b, 24)

A. Turned Aside

B. Not Willing to Return

C. Where it all comes from

D. All is created by God's power

James 1:17-18

E. A personal connection to the source

Hebrews 12:1-2

Psalms 26:7

Philippians 4:6

F. A "Modern" Trap

Jeremiah 18:7-12

G. Still Refusing His Grace (vs. 25-31)

Colossians 2:13-14


Reflection Questions:

1. What things do you feel entitled to?

2. What can you do to avoid the trap of failing to recognize the goodness and greatness of God today?


Following Up on the Message Through This Week

Monday, November 22, 2021

Read: Lamentations 3:22

How does this view of God help you to realize what His grace is?

Tuesday November 23, 2021

Read: James 1:17-18

What good gifts are you counting today? Write them down and share them with someone.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Read: Hebrews 12:1-2

On this eve of Thanksgiving Day, is Jesus central to your thanksgiving feast? How are you fixing your eyes on Him today?

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Read: Psalms 26:7

With those that you gather with today or in the days around this day, tell them of the “wonders” of God.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Read: Jeremiah 18:7-12

On what is known to us as “Black Friday,” how are you avoiding the trap in this Jeremiah passage?

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Read: Colossians 2:13-14

Moving into Advent, do you feel “alive” in Christ? What are you seeking for God to do in you during this time of preparation in your heart?