Jeremiah 30-33; 36; Lamentations 1; 3 | October 17-23
Jeremiah was witness to the fulfillment of the Lord’s warning that the Israelites would be brought into captivity and Jerusalem would be destroyed if they didn’t keep their covenants. Still, Jeremiah taught the people of the Lord’s everlasting love for them and His willingness to forgive if they repented. Even though the Israelites wouldn’t listen, the Lord promised to again establish His covenant with the house of Israel in the future.
Jeremiah was cast into prison because of the wickedness of the people. Jeremiah asked a scribe named Baruch to write down his prophesies and read them at the temple. However, when the king heard the prophesies, he cut them up and burned them. The Lord told Jeremiah to again have Baruch write down his prophesies to preserve them. Eventually Jerusalem was destroyed and Jeremiah sadly wrote about how he felt about the wickedness of the people and their destruction in the book of Lamentations.
When we make covenants with God we promise to follow His commandments, and He promises us great blessings. When we keep our covenants He always keeps His promises. The Lord warns us of the consequences of breaking our covenants. He always loves us and wants us to repent so we can enjoy the blessings that come with covenant keeping.
Read and Discuss
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts: and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
- What is a covenant?
- How can we learn about the covenants and promises God has made? (In the scriptures.)
- Does God fulfill all his promises?
- How can we be better at keeping our covenants with God?
- How does keeping our covenants make us His people?
“Anciently, the Lord blessed Father Abraham with a promise to make his posterity a chosen people. References to this covenant occur throughout the scriptures. Included were promises that the Son of God would come through Abraham’s lineage, that certain lands would be inherited, that nations and kindreds of the earth would be blessed through his seed, and more. While some aspects of that covenant have already been fulfilled, the Book of Mormon teaches that this Abrahamic covenant will be fulfilled only in these latter days! It also emphasizes that we are among the covenant people of the Lord. Ours is the privilege to participate personally in the fulfillment of these promises. What an exciting time to live!” Russell M. NelsonGET THE FULL LESSON >
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Talk about the importance of covenants and having His law written in our hearts. Have each family member write or draw something in these paper heart frames that shows how they feel about the Savior.
These raspberry filled hearts will remind your family of the love of God and the importance of writing His law in our hearts.