Devotional Jeremiah 29:1
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
Nov 20, 2012
(Jeremiah 29:1) Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the remainder of the elders who were carried away captive—to the priests, the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon.
When the children of Israel came into the Promised Land, part of the work God was doing was to bring judgment on the sinful nations that were currently in the land. Israel would be God’s instrument to dispossess those wicked societies, and then they would dwell in the land God was giving them.
But the Lord had also warned His people that when they took control of the land they must not begin to live like the other nations, but continue to follow God’s plan for them. If they were to disregard God’s word, and disobey His commands, then they would be cast out of the land just as the former nations were. Of course history tells us that is exactly what happened. Israel turned away from the Lord, and God ultimately sent the Babylonians to take Israel captive. Many of the Israelis were taken to Babylon as captives, while many others were permitted to remain in Jerusalem under the leadership of a puppet king whom the king of Babylon installed and controlled.
It is a fascinating study to see how God continued to work in His people during this time-period. The captivity wasn’t the end of God’s plan. There would be a revival after 70 years, a return to the Lord that would result in a return to the land. As those years unfolded God would have Jeremiah ministering to those who remained in Jerusalem, calling them to repentance, while Ezekiel was God’s primary man in Babylon, reminding the people to look to the Lord and trust in His plan. On top of that, God puts Daniel in the palace to minister to four different pagan kings (Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus) and call them to faith in the one true and living God! Our God works in layers, every piece of the puzzle under His control as He accomplishes His purposes, nothing escaping His notice. How could we not place our trust in Him?!