Study 24 From the Book of Jeremiah is: Jeremiah 35
The Rechabites were a small class of sect who regarded Jonadab (cf. 2. Ki. 10:15) as their father or founder, and had received a charge from him to abstain from wine, from settled dwellings and from agriculture, i.e., the marks of a settled civilization. They normally lived a normal life, but in fear of the advance of the armies of the north, they had taken refuge in Jerusalem.
- What test did Jeremiah, at God’s command, apply to the Rechabites? And what message did God then give him to take to the people of Jerusalem?
- Verses 13-17. Consider the frequency of this complaint: see 7:13, 25, 26; 25: 3, 4, 7; 26:4, 5; 29:19; 44:4. Are you careful to heed God’s word to you, e.g., through teachers and preachers?
- What traits of the Rechabites should be the distinguishing features of Christians today? Cf. Mt. 24:12, 13; Heb. 10:36, 38, 39.