Come, Follow Me
Old Testament Lesson 42:
“Before I Formed Thee in the Belly I Knew Thee”
Jeremiah 1–3; 7; 16–18; 20
Elder David A. Bednar said: “One of the ways I hear [the Lord] is in the scriptures. The scriptures are the prerecorded voice of the Lord” (“‘Hear Him’ in Your Heart and in Your Mind,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Jeremiah 1: Jeremiah was foreordained to be a prophet unto the nations—He is called as a mortal to declare the word of the Lord.
Jeremiah 2: The people of Judah forsook the Lord, the fountain of living waters—They worshipped idols and rejected the prophets.
Jeremiah 3: Israel and Judah defiled and polluted the land through wickedness—In the last days, the Lord will gather the people of Israel, one from a city and two from a family, and bring them to Zion.
Jeremiah 7: If the people of Judah repent, they will be preserved—The temple has become a den of robbers—The Lord rejects that generation of the people of Judah for their idolatries—They offer their children as sacrifices.
Jeremiah 16: The utter ruin of Judah is foreseen—Israel is rejected and scattered for serving false gods—Fishers and hunters will gather Israel again, and the people will serve the Lord—The gospel is to be restored.
Jeremiah 17: The captivity of Judah comes because of sin and forsaking the Lord—Hallow the Sabbath day; doing so will save the people; otherwise they will be destroyed.
Jeremiah 18: Israel is as potter’s clay in the hands of the Lord—If nations repent, the Lord withholds the evil decreed against them—The people of Judah will be scattered.
Jeremiah 20: Jeremiah is smitten and put in the stocks—He prophesies that all Judah will be taken captive by Babylon.
Resources on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Primary (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling,” Hymns, no. 7.
- Jeremiah 1 – God Knew Me Before I Was Born, Liahona – Come, Follow Me: Old Testament
Additional Material on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
- Following the Prophet (Jeremiah 20-21)
- Gathering of Israel (Jeremiah 16:14-16)
- On the Lord's Errand (Jeremiah 1:4-10)
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 137: Jeremiah 1–6
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 138: Jeremiah 7–29
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 27: Day 2, Jeremiah 1–6
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 27: Day 3, Jeremiah 7–29
- Old Testament Institute Student Manual Kings-Malachi: The Babylonian Captivity (Jeremiah 20–22; 24–29; 32; 34–45; 52; :Lamentations
Resources on Interpreter Foundation
- Come, Follow Me Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 42: Jeremiah 1–3; 7; 16–18; 20, Jonn Claybaugh
- Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Old Testament Lesson 42 (Jeremiah 1–3; 7; 16–18; 20)
Additional Posts & Roundtables on the Interpreter Foundation Website
- “I Will Write It in Their Hearts.” Jeremiah 16; 23; 39; 31, Taylor Halverson, 31, 2014
- Scripture Roundtable: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42, “I Will Write It in Their Hearts”, Administration, 12, 2014
Articles in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
- Formed in and Called from the Womb, Dana M. Pike, October 30, 2020
- “With the Tongue of Angels”: Angelic Speech as a Form of Deification, Neal Rappleye, September 2, 2016
- To “See and Hear”, Kevin L. Tolley, January 22, 2016
- The Return of Rhetorical Analysis to Bible Studies, Noel B. Reynolds, 9, 2015
- Prophets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology, Kevin Christensen, May 3, 2013
- The Sôd of YHWH and the Endowment, William J. Hamblin, April 12, 2013
Resources on Other Sites
- Come, Follow Me Week 42 – Jeremiah 1–3; 7; 16–18; 20, FAIR
- How Did Jeremiah’s and Lehi’s Ministries Reflect One Another?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #650
- Jeremiah 1-20 | Oct 10-16 | Come Follow Me Insights, Book of Mormon Central
- Jeremiah the Prophet (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- Jeremiah’s Message (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- The Historical and Covenantal Context of Jeremiah (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- Understanding Jeremiah’s Storyline and Powerful Principles (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- The Second Gathering of Israel (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- The Healing Power of the Sabbath (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- The Lord and the Potter’s Clay (Come, Follow Me: Jeremiah 1-29), Book of Mormon Central
- Come Follow Me Old Testament Jeremiah 1-3; 7; 16-18; 20 (Oct. 10-16) Don’t Miss This, Don’t Miss This
- Come Follow Me – Jeremiah 1-29 part 1 (chp. 1-14): “The Summer Is Ended”, Unshaken
- Come Follow Me – Jeremiah 1-29 part 2 (chp. 15-29): “Fire In the Bones”, Unshaken
- Come Follow Me Podcast #42: The Uncomfortable and Necessary Warnings of Jeremiah, Jeremiah 1-3, 7, 1-18, 20, Meridian Magazine
- Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: “Before I Formed Thee in the Belly I Knew Thee”—Jeremiah 1-3; 7; 16-18; 20, Meridian Magazine
- Jeremiah 1–3; 7; 16–18; 20 – “Before I Formed Thee in the Belly I Knew Thee”, BYU Studies
BYU Religious Education Old Testament Roundtables
BYU Studies Recommended Reading
- Before Jeremiah Was: Divine Election in the Ancient Near East, Dana M. Pike, in A Witness for the Restoration: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Matthews, 33–59
- History and Jeremiah’s Crisis of Faith, S. Kent Brown, in Isaiah and the Prophets: Inspired Voices from the Old Testament, 105–18
- Jeremiah, Bible Dictionary
- Jeremiah and the New Paradigm of the Gathering, Roy L. Huntington, Religious Educator 9, no. 2 (2008): 83–90
- Jeremiah, Prophecies of, by William J. Adams Jr., Encyclopedia of Mormonism
- Lamentations of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage, by Quentin L. Cook, October 2013 General Conference
- Prophets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology, by Kevin Christensen, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture,Volume 4, no. 1
- The Trials of Jesus and Jeremiah, by Bernard S. Jackson, BYU Studies, Volume 32, no. 4