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Posted on 11/08/2012 2:40:45 PM PST by mgist
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29
Those words sound so good. The future is bright. God has a plan for prosperity, for a real hope and a real future. On the eve of the election, it must have meant a Romney win, the GOP takes the Senate and we start the rollback of the Obama regime, right? Not exactly.
The Plan Was Exile
Here's the shocking context of Jeremiah 29 (and I offer to you, the context for November 6, 2012): the plan was exile. That was the "plan" Jeremiah's letter was talking about.Read all of Jeremiah 29. Here is the immediate context:
This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you ..."
The plan was 70 years of exile. Keep that in mind the next time someone quotes Jeremiah 29:11 to encourage you that your time of trouble will soon end. Not only was the exile going to last 70 years, the exile WAS the plan! If you don't believe me, go back and read the beginning of the letter, from Jeremiah 29:4. Here you'll see the Lord (through Jeremiah) giving the Jewish exiles specific instructions on how to conduct themselves in exile: --Build houses and settle down. --Plan gardens and eat what they produce. --Marry and have sons and daughters. --Marry off your sons and daughters so they can have children. --Increase in number; do not decrease.
Again, remember the context. A false prophet had just come and said the time of exile would only last two years. That prophet died. The truth is the people will be in exile for 70 years. And the directive is to build families, grow businesses, think trans-generationally and increase. It gets better. Because Jeremiah's letter makes it clear that building and marrying is not enough. People in exile must do something else -- they must be a blessing to the land.
"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." So let's review. First, the plan is exile. Second, build. Third, bless. Simple, clear instructions. But why was this important? Why a "plan" for exile with specific instructions on how to act in exile?
Historians tell us it was during the Babylonian captivity that the Israelites moved from a Temple/Jerusalem focused society to a synagogue and community focused society. Simply put: It was the lessons learned during their time in exile which enabled the Jews to survive 2,500 years in exile. But not just survive -- but to thrive and become the most prosperous, most successful and most innovative people group in the history of civilization. Exile was the plan.
So that's why, today, I'm going to build. And I'm going to plant. I'm going to bless. And I'm going to pray. For that is the final piece to the puzzle.
"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." So let's get building. Let's get planting. And let's get praying. And let's bless this land. There are lessons to be learned in exile.
Another great verse that gets misapplied is “I will not give you more than you can bear.” That verse is in regards to temptation, but people want to apply it to health. It can’t mean health because everyone dies. Everyone’s body eventually at a time of God’s choosing succumbs to more than they can bear.
Thanks so much for your post. When things are out of my control and I am having a hard time being patient and accepting what is going on, I try to find a story in the O.T. where I can identify with the people involved and apply it to my situation.
This is exactly what I needed to help me put aside the negative feelings I have about our current political situation and rely on my faith to see me through for the Lord and all who will come after me.