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Practice Justice

Lesson 10 


Spring 2020


By: RLD Editorial Team 


May 17, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

No place or person is exempt from God’s judgment.

Bible Basis:

Jeremiah 21:8-14

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Practice Justice

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Music Video, Traditional: “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Way Maker / Abres Caminos” by Integrity Artists
Music Video, Contemporary: “When I See You” by Sarah Kroger
Coffman’s Commentary on Jeremiah 21
Guzik’s Commentary on Jeremiah 21
JFB Commentary on Jeremiah 21

Memory Verse:

12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice every morning;
    rescue from the hand of the oppressor
    the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire
    because of the evil you have done—
    burn with no one to quench it.
—Jeremiah 21:12a

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

In 1943, Friedrich Karl Berger enlisted in the German military and became a guard in the Neuengamme concentration camp complex near Meppen, Germany. After the war, Berger emigrated to Canada and then in 1959 moved to the United States. He eventually settled in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he laid low as he raised his children and grew old. But this year, with Berger now 94, the U.S. Department of Justice finally caught up to him, and an immigration judge has ordered him to be returned to Germany for potential prosecution. The U.S. government is determined to do justice for the victims of the Holocaust while there is still time to do so.

Time was running out for Judah. God’s justice and judgment were catching up with the people and their leaders for their long-standing idol worship and their refusal to listen to God’s prophets such as Jeremiah. Even on the verge of destruction by the hands of the Babylonians, there was still time for the leaders of Judah to act. They could administer justice and stand for the oppressed in accordance with the teaching of God’s prophets.


  • When have you seen time run out on the chance to bring earthly justice to someone?
  • Under what conditions would you consider pursuing justice on a matter that others would rather forget?
  • What purpose might God have had for demanding the leaders continue to administer justice even after declaring that the city was about to fall?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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