Context Concerns: Jeremiah 29:11

Promises from God are great to hold onto, but sometimes they’re not first for us. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of those. It’s enveloped in a letter from Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon, and if you read it fully, it’d be hard to say this is a direct promise for Christians nowadays. Are we Israelites in exile in Babylon?
I believe in Jeremiah we can see God seeking to fulfill his plans for Israel and then ultimately blessing many nations through Jesus, but I feel better about embracing promises to believers like this from Hebrews 13:5 – ‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”’ That gives a promise that is eternal and for one and all.

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Pic: Northern Beirut, the closest to “Babylon” and Israel I’ve been.

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