Printable Bible Study for the Books of the Prophet Jeremiah

Both the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations were written by the prophet Jeremiah during the kingdom split. He lived through the destruction of Jerusalem and long enough to see his prophecy of exile come true.

THE PROPHET

In the year 650 BC, Jeremiah served as a prophet to the people of Judah.

However, what he had to say wasn’t good news, and it wasn’t the first time the people had heard these warnings. As a matter of fact, I’ve lost track of the number of times the people have been told to remember their God and follow him. It seems that even after their deliverance from slavery, their enemies, and hardship, the Israelites haven’t done a good job in passing down their faith to the next generation.

The people’s faith is so far removed from their families, that it’s been centuries since they have followed God. King David and his son Solomon led the Israelites in worship to God, but after the kingdom split, the majority of the kings that followed were corrupt worshippers of false gods from neighboring countries.

So God anoints certain people during these times called prophets, to warn the Israelites that judgement is coming if they don’t obey God.

Here’s an overview of several prophets to the leaders of the Israelites since we started the journey through the books of the Bible:

  • Samuel = Kings Saul and David
  • Elijah = King Ahab
  • Elisha = Kings Jehoshaphat and Joram
  • Isaiah = Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah
  • Jeremiah = Kings Josiah, Jehoiakim, Zedekiah

THE BOOK

The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the Israelites from 650-582 BC while they are under the rule of Kings Josiah, Jehoiakim and Zedekiah of the southern kingdom of Judah during the kingdom split.

Jeremiah lives long enough to prophesy and warn the people of the coming disaster, but also witnesses his prophecy come true in 586 BC when Babylonians take over Judah.

However, God promises to eventually punish the Israelites’ enemies (Babylon, Assyria among many others) because of their false idol worship. Before the exile, leaders imprison and persecute Jeremiah multiple times in response to his gloomy message. After the exile, tradition says that Jeremiah dies in Egypt as a martyr.

THE PRAYERS

While Jeremiah is a book about the historical events that occurred during this time, the book of Lamentations (also written by Jeremiah) is a 5 chapter lament (or sorrowful prayer) to God asking for forgiveness and deliverance of the Israelite people.

  1. Lament over the destroyed city of Jerusalem
  2. Lament over God’s anger with Israelites
  3. Jeremiah’s personal lament
  4. Lament over the punishment for Israelites
  5. Lament of repentance

JEREMIAH AND LAMENTATIONS PRINTABLES

Want an easy visual to help keep all the major events straight? Open up your Bible, read through the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations and print out these visual notes to guide you as you read.

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How to Start a Bible Journaling System for Beginners

You don’t have to be an artist to start Bible journaling. This new trend is an excellent way to help you make sense of and apply what you’re learning to every day living.

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WHY YOU NEED TO WRITE IN YOUR BIBLE

If you’re reading this, you probably love taking notes. You have sermon notes, notes on your phone, workbooks from Bible class, and scribbles on scraps of paper.

But you struggle with finding some kind of system to keep track of it all. The worst is when you go back and study something that you know you’ve already written down and have no clue where those old notes have gone!

It’s nice having all of those notes, but they are so much more effective if they are in context and organized in some way (unlike my old system of scraps of paper stuck in between the pages of my Bible, stacks of mismatched note taking sheets and writing in super tiny margins).

If your notes are leaving you doing the same kind of studying over and over again, are you really growing?

TIPS FOR TAKING NOTES IN YOUR BIBLE

As students, we learned specific ways to study for tests. You can’t just read the chapter and retain all of the information right before you are quizzed about it.

If you want to learn the material in a way you can explain it others and apply it to your life, you’ll have to do more than flip to a random page or lose yourself in endless notes.

You may want to go in order, read a chronological Bible, study a specific book or theme. Choose something so that you know what you start and end goal is.

Some people want to just focus on scripture memorization and draw out a pretty verse in the margins. Others may not want to draw at all and simple stick to note taking. I love to combine doodles with diagrams and notes in a way that I can remember since I’m such a visual learner.

You may be hesitant to start writing in your brand-new Bible, but go for it anyway! If you want, you can use a pencil or erasable pen, but mistakes will happen and they’re ok! Let them happen and move on. Do a quick cross out and update as needed. The important thing is that you JUST START.

MY METHOD OF BIBLE JOURNALING FOR BEGINNERS

1. READ

Read the text. It can be the page, the chapter, the entire book of the Bible. Look for patterns, details, places and names.

2. HIGHLIGHT

Highlight things that stick out. If you normally look at the Bible as a history book, read it as how it applies to you personally. If you usually read it as a book for you, instead look at it though the lens of a historian.

3. GROUP

Group notes together. If the section talks about genealogy, list out the names in the margins. If you notice extra facts you never learned as a kid, write those out too.

4. DRAW

Add drawings to help retain info. You don’t have to be an artist to do this step. It can be as simple as drawing a happy face when something good happens and a sad one when something bad occurs. Use your drawings as codes like stars for things you want to memorize or rectangles around key concepts.

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Printable Bible Study for the Book of Isaiah

Isaiah the prophet lived during the reign of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, and brought a message of judgement and salvation .

ISAIAH THE PROPHET

When we read the book of Isaiah, we might think, What a wonderful guy—this holy man telling everyone about a coming Savior!

The reality is Isaiah probably didn’t have a lot of friends. Isaiah was a bit of a downer.

Sometimes I catch myself wanting to sugar-coat things, to pretend like the Bible is only Good News. Of course, the Bible is good news, but only because the state of things are so bad!

The Garden of Eden was a place of perfection, but once sin entered the equation, perfection no longer existed—except for God. Throughout the entire Old Testament, you see God drawing his people back time and time again. Isaiah tells us like it is—we are sinful, deserving punishment, needing repentance and a perfect Savior.

ISAIAH’S WARNINGS AND PROPHECIES

Isaiah was a prophet to the people of Judah (the southern, smaller kingdom after the split). During his life, four kings reigned over Judah:

  1. Uzziah
  2. Jotham
  3. Ahaz
  4. Hezekiah

Isaiah tells the Israelites that they will go into exile and later be redeemed and eventually return to their homeland. He speaks simultaneously of hope and punishment—judgement and salvation. He also predicts that the evil nations who worship false gods will eventually be punished, and that a perfect Messiah is coming!

The Jews of the time expected an earthly king to be this Messiah (aka Christ). But when the time came (500 years later!), Jesus came in the form of a suffering servant. Born in a barn, working as a carpenter and killed as a criminal–this was not what they had in mind.

God seldom works in ways we’d expect, and his wisdom is beyond what we can comprehend. Isaiah is reminder of God’s authority, power, wisdom and gentleness all at the same time.

THE BOOK OF ISAIAH PRINTABLES

Open up your Bible, read through the book of Isaiah and print out these visual notes to guide you as you read.

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