Jeremiah 29:10-11 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Brethren, good morning. As you can see, one of the most used Bible verses, Jer. 29:11 is in today’s devotion, but what is it’s context? At this time, Jeremiah writes to the Jews who were taken into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar. He tells them to set up shop, have many children, and work in favor of the economic advancement of Babylon. Because for 70 years, they’d be under Babylon’s captivity, and after that, God would return them to Jerusalem, and free them from King Nebuchadnezzar. As an ecouragement to His people, God says that He obviously has a plan to prosper them, and this is how He intended to do it. So was God speaking to is as the grafted in Gentiles? No, He was not. This is a historical account to a fulfilled prophecy, in which God spoke to the Israelites. Does this take away from God’s plans for us? No, because He has already secured our eternity through Jesus Christ. Though we go through trials, let’s stick to encouraging words from James 1, instead of taking Jer. 29:11 and misusing it. All glory to God through the correct interpretation of His Word! God bless you.
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