Understanding the Scriptures
|Amend (vv. 3, 5)||Change|
|Execute judgment (v. 5)||Deal fairly|
|Oppress not (v. 6)||Do not treat badly|
|Profit (v. 8)||Do good|
|Delivered (v. 10)||Safe, acceptable in the sight of God|
|Abominations (vv. 10, 30)||Actions or practices that disgust God|
|Intercession (v. 16)||Plea in another’s behalf|
|Quenched (v. 20)||Put out|
|Inclined their ear (vv. 24, 26)||Paid close attention|
|Lamentation (v. 29)||Words of sorrow and remorse|
|Carcases (v. 33)||Dead bodies|
|Mirth (v. 34)||Happiness|
|Desolate (v. 34)||Empty|
Jeremiah 7:3–4—“The Temple of the Lord”
Jeremiah did not tell the people that the temple was unimportant; the people felt that because they worshiped in the temple they were justified before God no matter what they did. Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught: “After we have been baptized, after we have been married in the temple, after we have taken all these covenants, we have to keep them. Every promise that we receive is conditioned upon our subsequent faithfulness” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1950, 16–17).
Jeremiah 7:12–14—Where Is Shiloh?
Shiloh was the site of the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant in the days of the judges. When the priests and the people became wicked in the days of Eli the priest, the Lord allowed the Philistines to destroy the tabernacle and capture the ark. Later, Israelites of the Northern Kingdom built at Shiloh a temple for idol worship that the Assyrians destroyed. Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord said He would allow the temple in Jerusalem to be destroyed if the people did not repent. See the map section of your Bible to find Shiloh.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Jeremiah 7.
Worthily Attending the Temple
List what Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 7:1–22 that the people had to do to worthily attend the temple.
What are the requirements to worthily enter the temple today? (Ask one of your leaders if you do not know.)
According to Jeremiah 7:8–15, what did the Lord say would happen if the people continued to attend the temple unworthily? Elder J. Ballard Washburn said:
“We cannot go to [the Lord’s] holy house unworthily without bringing upon ourselves the judgments of God. …
“… If a man who is dishonest in his personal life, as it pertains to his wife and children or his business dealings, goes to the temple, he is heaping damnation upon his own soul and is in great need of repentance” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 12–13; or Ensign, May 1995, 11–12).
What the Lord Really Wants
The people of Judah offered sacrifices in the temple, but they did not obey the Lord in their daily lives. Elder J. Ballard Washburn reminded us that “we go to the temple to make covenants, but we go home to keep the covenants that we have made” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 13; or Ensign, May 1995, 12). According to Jeremiah 7:21–28, what were the sins of Judah?
What did the Lord want the Jews to do in addition to worshiping in the temple?
Apply this principle to sacrament meeting. What do you think the Lord really wants from us in addition to our attendance at sacrament meeting? (see D&C 33:12–14).
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