Read Jeremiah 38:14-15 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: What does it mean to tell someone what they want to hear?
Parent Note: At the very least, it means not telling someone the whole truth because the truth would not be a welcome conversation. In Jeremiah's case, the king wanted to hear that he would be victorious over the Babylonians, which was the exact opposite of what God told him was going to happen. Jeremiah stuck with the message God gave him, regardless of the consequences.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear Lord Jesus, help us to be faithful like Your prophet Jeremiah—willing to forsake all to serve You. And help us to be compassionate and courageous supporters of Your work, like Your servant Ebed-melech. Help us to be doers, not just hearers, of Your Word. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen