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*Let Jesus Fix it for You. **Jeremiah 29:4-13*
4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters.
Increase in number there; do not decrease.
7 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.”
8 Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you.
Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.
9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name.
I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.
10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.
*11 **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.
*12 **Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
*13 **You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
*C*hapter 29 records Jeremiah’s letter to the people who had been taken into captivity when Jehoiachin was king (see 2 Kings 24:10–6).
The complete captivity of Judah came eleven years later (2 Kings 25:1–).
This is God’s instruction to them:
That is, settle down in Babylon.
Don’t think you will be released any moment.
Go ahead and plan for your future—et married and establish homes, because you are going to be there a long time.
“Seek the peace of the city” in which you are living, and pray for it.
They were not to rebel or instigate revolt.
They were to settle down and be law-abiding citizens.
*“Don’t give up Hope in God your only Savior.
Although you are in this mess and most through your rebellion and disobedience to heed God’s word.
I know*—/I/ alone; not the false prophets who /know/ nothing of My purposes, though they pretend to know.
*thoughts** … I think*—(Is 55:9).
Glancing at the Jews who had no “thoughts of peace,” but only of “evil” (misfortune), because /they/ could not conceive how deliverance could come to them.
The moral malady of man is twofold—at one time /vain confidence;/ then, when that is disappointed, /despair./
So the Jews first laughed at God’s threats, confident that they should speedily return; then, when cast down from that confidence, they sank in inconsolable despondency.
*expected** end*—literally, “*end and expectation,” that is, an end, and that such an end as you wish for.*
Two nouns joined by “and,” standing for a noun and adjective.
So in Je 36:27, “the roll and the words,” that is, the roll of words; Ge 3:16, “sorrow and conception,” that is, sorrow in conception.
Compare Pr 23:18, where, as here “end” means “a happy issue.”
*Jeremiah is saying to us as he said to the exiles.
Keep the faith and Let Jesus Fix it for You.*
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