Scripture Read: Jeremiah 25; 29
Title: Judah's Exile
(H) Highlight verse: "'For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed fir Babylo, I will visit you, and I will fulfill my promise and bring you back to this place. Fort I kniw the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:10,11
(E) Explian: Jeremiah the prophet has spent many years calling Judah to turn from their evil ways. His warnings from God fell on deaf ears, thus Gods judgment was going to break the nation. It is prophesied that Judah would be in captivity for 70 ywars in Babylon. God tells the exiles to take up residency in the city of their captivity, build homes, get married, and pray for the city. However, when The 70 years are completed God promises to restore Judah and bring then back to their land. When this happens The nation will once again call upon God and hervwill be their God and they will be his people once again.
(A) Application: Throughout Jeremiah the message of repentance is prominent, but unfortunately this message goes unheard by the inhabitants of Judah. The nation has fallen into idolatry and God calls them from this evil. Since they do not repent God punishes them by allowing them to go into exile.
When we stray from God or fall into sin, God calls us back to him. He calls us to repentance and desires for us to get back into a right relationship with him. Unfortunately, we don't always heed his call and we continue in our rebellion. When this happens God will discipline us. As hard as it may be at times to face his discipline it it always for our good and God's glory.
if you are walking in rebellion today, take heed to God's loving voice that is calling you back to him. He does have a plan for you and is a plan to bring you back to his presence where he can be your God and you can be his child.
(R) Respond: God search me and bring to my attention any ways that I may be waking in rebellion to you, and allow me to hear your voice calling me to repentance.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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