Paul Taylor - October 4, 2009
What's there to do in Babylon?
Jeremiah sends a letter to the exiles in Babylon encouraging them to settle in Babylon and continue living their lives in the midst of exile. This command serves as the foundation of what it means to live as a Christian as we wait for the final redemptive elements of God's work in the world. We are to live "normal" lives as we wait in hope for God to act and release us from the exile of the fallen world.
Scripture References: Jeremiah 29:1-14
From Series: "Weeping in Worship"
The book of Jeremiah gives us a raw and rich portrait of the life of Jeremiah. It provides us with a rare example of the interior life of a prophet. As we study it, we will be encouraged to experience honestly the circumstances that we are facing by Jeremiah's stark honesty. We will be given hope as we see the stark picture of a painful reality into which God promises redemption. But most of all, we will see how God works through failure and be encouraged that God will work in the midst of the failure of this world and through our personal failures.