Monday, November 12, 2012

Four More Years.... of Exile

We've had time to catch our breath and review what went wrong and what went right (there was some good stuff) on November 6th. I posted the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 the morning after because I knew that we had received the answer to our prayers. God has a plan, it just wasn't what we were hoping and praying for. Regardless, we know that His love, protection and promises belong to us and in order to remain sure footed in this battle we have to continue to focus on HIM.

Where we stand today:  The progressive and godless population won this battle. They will abort themselves into a minority and sexually transmitted diseases will also decrease their numbers. Because they look to themselves for power and gain, they will fall.
So what about us? What are we to be doing?

I ran across this article by Steve Elliot, President of mentioning Jeremiah 29:11. It's a real interesting perspective that I'd like to share with you. I'm going to edit it to make it as brief as possible. If you'd like to read it in it's entirety you'll find it here.

Four More Years.... of Exile
Posted on November 7, 2012 by Steve Elliot

A 2,500-Year-Old Letter Written For Today

I want to share with you a letter that, although it is 2,500 years old, it could have been written this morning. For us. For faithful patriots who feel like they just discovered they will have to live at least the next four years in exile.

This letter was written to Jewish exiles who had been pushed out of Jerusalem and forced to live under a tyrannical ruler named Nebuchadnezzar.

The exiles wanted one thing: they wanted to be re-established back in Israel. They even had a prophet named Hananiah come to them and tell them that their time of exile would only last two years. You can read about it in Jeremiah 28. Hananiah was a false prophet. He died.

And so Jeremiah wrote a letter to the exiles. You’ve probably heard a part of that letter recited many times. It’s one of the most commonly quoted passages in the entire Bible. Unfortunately, this passage is mostly taken out of its proper context and delivered as a “feel good” word that everything is going to be good.
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11

Those words sound so good. The future is bright. God has a plan for prosperity, for a real hope and a real future. On the eve of the election, it must have meant a Romney win, the GOP takes the Senate and we start the rollback of the Obama regime, right? Not exactly.

Here’s the shocking context of Jeremiah 29:

The Plan Was Exile

That was the “plan” Jeremiah’s letter was talking about. I encourage you to go read all of Jeremiah 29. Here is the immediate context:

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…..

The plan was 70 years of exile. Keep that in mind the next time someone quotes Jeremiah 29:11 to encourage you that your time of trouble will soon end. Not only was the exile going to last 70 years, the exile WAS the plan!

[G]o back and read the beginning of the letter, from Jeremiah 29:4. Here you’ll see the Lord (through Jeremiah) giving the Jewish exiles specific instructions on how to conduct themselves in exile:

–Build houses and settle down

–Plant gardens and eat what they produce

–Marry and have sons and daughters

–Marry off your sons and daughters so they can have children

–Increase in number; do not decrease

Again, remember the context. A false prophet had just come and said the time of exile would only last two years. That prophet died. The truth is, the people will be in exile for 70 years. And the directive is to build families, grow businesses, think trans-generationally and increase.

Seek The Welfare Of The Land

It gets better. Because Jeremiah’s letter makes it clear that building and marrying is not enough. People in exile must do something else — they must be a blessing to the land.

So let’s review. First, the Plan is exile. Second, build. Third, bless. Simple, clear instructions.

But why was this important? Why a “plan” for exile with specific instructions on how to act in exile?

Historians tell us that it was during the Babylonian captivity that the Israelites moved from a Temple/ Jerusalem focused society to a synagogue and community focused society. Simply put…

It was the lessons learned during their time in exile which enabled the Jews to survive 2,500 years in exile. But not just survive, but to thrive and become the most prosperous, most successful and most innovative people group in the history of civilization.

Exile was the plan.

So that’s why, today, I’m going to build. And I’m going to plant. I’m going to bless. And I’m going to pray. For that is the final piece to the puzzle…

“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.” ~Jeremiah 12-13

So let’s get building. Let’s get planting. And let’s get praying. And let’s bless this land. There are lessons to be learned in exile.

Mr. Elliot left us a lot of food for thought in that article.
The comments are open and this conversation should continue among us, our families, our communities. We need one another like no other time before. Let's rebuild together.
Scriptures for our strength in numbers:
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
1 Thessalonians 5:11


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