- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 29
Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles.
Babylonia invaded Judah and Jerusalem three times, 605BC in times of king Jehoiakim, 597BC in times of king Jehoiachin, and 586BC in times of king Zedekiah and fall of Jerusalem. Each time Babylonian army exiled Jewish people, nobles, craftsmen, artisans, to Babylonia.
Jeremiah wrote a letter to exiled people in Babylonia in response to false prophets in Babylonia who misled them to believe speedy return. To counter this Jeremiah sent a letter by Elasah. His advice was revolutionary. They were to settle in Babylonia, establish home, and even assist in the welfare of the state, because exile would take long, seventy years, before God would be with them and would ultimately restore them.
Shemaiah was a prophet in Babylonia. He wrote deputy priest Zephaniah and demanded that Jeremiah be locked up and silenced because of subversive letter to the exiles. But Zephaniah read Shemaiah’s letter to Jeremiah, and in response Jeremiah sent another letter to the exiles, denouncing Shemaiah as a lying prophet who would be punished for provoking rebellion against God. Jeremiah prophesized that Shemaiah and his descendants would not see the day of restoration.
Jeremiah’s message was to trust in God, and God’s plan for them. (v11-13)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?