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

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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

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Printable Bible Study for Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

Written by the wise King Solomon, Ecclesiastes explores the idea that everything is meaningless, while Song of Solomon is a poem that celebrates love.

TWO OPPOSITE BOOKS BY KING SOLOMON

We’ve already heard a lot from King Solomon, but he’s not through yet! In Psalms, we had a sneak peak of his poetry and the book of Proverbs was full of his wisdom.

However, the next two books are very different from his previous work, and opposites in themselves.

THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS: ECCLESIASTES

Ecclesiastes isn’t quoted much because of it’s mostly negative feel, because the focus of the book is that everything is meaningless.

Wisdom, labor, pleasures, folly, success, riches—what’s the point? If generations continue on, the sun continues to rise and set and the wind blows without our help, what difference does anything make?

The book of Ecclesiastes wrestles with the insights that comes with deep wisdom. Solomon says in the opening verses:

“I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! 

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief." 

Ecclesiastes 1:12-14, 18

This book always seems so sad to me!

It’s a reflection that we can do whatever we want with our time, but it won’t last. Only God knows his plans and we have to trust him and worship his perfect authority. Our “duty” is to “fear God and keep his commandments”. See the closing verses of the book:

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Ecclesiastes 11:5

”Now all has been heard, and here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

THE ROMANCE BOOK: SONG OF SONGS

The next book by Solomon, is more hopeful and optimistic. Song of Songs (aka Song of Solomon) is a dialogue through poetry about the joys of love. It’s been said this book is the most scandalous in the Bible because it talks about sex, but it sure is refreshing to read after a solemn book like Ecclesiastes.

Solomon is reminding us that sex isn’t sinful and that it was made to be celebrated. It’s an actual gift from God.

There are 4 ways you can read this book:

  1. Intimacy between a married man and woman
  2. God’s love for his people
  3. Christ’s love for the church
  4. A Christian’s love for the Lord

God is comparing the strength of earthly love to our relationship with him. He wants us to know he is passionate for us. We are not an afterthought, an irritation, or something he has to put up with. His relationship with us not like a loveless marriage—he is a perfect God with perfect love for his creation.

"Listen! My lover!
Look! Here he comes, 
leaping across the mountains, 
bounding over the hills. 
My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. 
Look! There he stands behind our wall, 
gazing through the windows, 
peering through the lattice. 
My lover spoke and said to me. 
See! The winter is past; 
the rains are over and gone. 
Flowers appear on the earth; 
the season of singing has come, 
the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 
The fig tree forms its early fruit; 
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. 
Arise, come, my darling; 
my beautiful one, come with me." 

Ecclesiastes 2:8-13

THE PRINTABLES

Open up your Bible, read through these two books and print out these visual notes to guide you as you read.

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