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August 10 - Evening

"This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:

'...Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 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.  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...
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,”
declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 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. I will be found by you,”

declares the Lord,
“and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,”
declares the Lord,
“and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” ' "

- Jeremiah 29:1, 5-7, 10-14

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Jeremiah's Letter to the Captives in Babylon    

Interestingly, one of the most frequently quoted verses among Christians, Jeremiah 29:11, is a verse that was written to 10,000 people who had been taken by force on a 550-650 mile march by the Babylonian military. This generation had been taken from their homeland of Judah and deported as exiles into the foreign land of the Chaldeans in 597 BC eleven years before their Temple would be burnt to the ground and their capital city of Jerusalem would be left in a smoldering heap of ruins. Jeremiah writes to these captives, most of whom, will never see their homeland again:

“ ‘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 29:11

The children and grandchildren of these exiles would be given a chance to return to rebuild residences out of the Jerusalem rubble beginning in 539-538 BC, fifty-eight years later. (See the book of Ezra.) Some of them might return as 60-90 year olds if they were 2-32 years old at the time of the deportation in 597.

Those who received this letter in Babylon knew the author Jeremiah. They knew it was from Jeremiah who was still in Jerusalem. They had heard Jeremiah proclaim his message and warn them that this captivity was just the beginning and that a greater destruction was coming. Some may have listened and repented or sneered and mocked during Jeremiah’s first thirty years of ministry. Jeremiah had progressively proclaimed his message in the years 627-597 BC.

Either way, these people now had another chance to hear and respond to the Word of the Lord. As captives in Babylon they were told, first, don’t leave you bags packed, but move in and plant a garden because you are NOT coming home.

Second, while you are in Babylon seek the peace and security of your new nation/empire. Bless the country you are living in because it is your home until the seventy years are fulfilled.

Third, have families and teach them that they have a great future in God’s plan for Israel.

Once again, Jeremiah’s words were contrary to the false prophets who were predicting a soon return and a miraculous deliverance. Even in captivity the people had to choose between the false message of false hope and the true message with a true hope.

While the people were in Babylon God would raise up for them a true prophet within the land of Babylon to guide, encourage, warn and teach them. While they built homes in Babylon, worked jobs in the Babylonian workforce, raised children in a Babylonian culture and planted gardens in the soil near the Euphrates River the prophet Ezekiel would explain many things to these people in his public lectures and object lessons. Ezekiel would speak about the people’s future, their current events and their past sins.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The devil doesn´t mind how many sermons we preach or prepare if it will keep us from preparing ourselves"
- Vance Havner
Something to Ponder??

Paul was whipped on five different occasions with the forty lashes minus one (or, 39 lashes) by the Jews, beaten with rods as a Roman punishment three times (illegally since Paul was a Roman citizen), stoned one time by a crowd hurling rocks at him while he was confined, most likely, in a shallow pit and shipwrecked three times. (2 Corinthians 11:24-25)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Hedone (Gr) – pleaure (Eng) – the Greek word hedone is used to refer to the sinful gratification of the natural or fleshly nature of man.
Luke 8:14 – “And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature."
Titus 3:3 – “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another."
James 4:1, 3 – “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?...You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
2 Peter 2:13 – “They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you."


The Jews that survived Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian invasion in 586 BC fled to the city of Tahpanhes
in Egypt and took Jeremiah with them (Jer. 40:3; 41:1-3; 43:5, 7). Tahpanhes was excavated in 1886.
Fragments of a tablet inscribed in cuneiform letters (Chaldean and Babylonian alphabet) describe Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion
of Egypt which Jeremiah prophesied in
Jeremiah 43:8-11.
(Tahpanhes excavation details HERE and HERE. Cuneiform details HERE and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I know God has good plans for me and that there is hope for my future.
But, I also realize that God's plans may not be my plans.
My hope is not realized when my dreams come true, but is instead in God my Savior.
  "The wages of the righteous bring them life,
but the income of the wicked brings them punishment."

- Proverbs 10:16
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Daniel 11 (535 BC) Jeremiah 12-13
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

For desire to be productive

Grow in love
for God

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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

A pomegranate in the Hinnom Valley.

A pomegranate that is still not ripe and starting to turn red
in the Hinnom Valley.

Details of David sending officials out to count his fighting men according to 2 Samuel 24.
(click on images for larger size) Details of David sending officials out to count his fighting men according to 2 Samuel 24.
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