“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 I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 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.”
-Promise in Hebrew is written as omer & means a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will come to pass. A promise is normally a consequence of a covenant which makes it legal or executable, otherwise becomes null & void.
-The Israelites went to captivity under king Nebuchadnezzar II who destroyed the first Jerusalem temple where the church congregated. Prophet Jeremiah gave the people hope by telling them that God had good plans for their lives despite the 70 years of captivity (years of fulfillment). Jesus proclaimed that He would destroy the temple & rebuilt it in 3 days, intimating His death & resurrection. By doing this He united us to Himself reconstituting the church & liberated us from slavery & bondage of sin that causes death. He also resuscitated our hope in Him that we remain triumphant in all things. Christ reminds us today that He has good plans for our lives, plans to prosper us & not to cause harm, plans to give us hope & a future. Sometimes we doubt whether the promises of God apply us. God reminds us to completely trust in Him & make known our requests to Him in prayer; & He will answer us according to what He has planned for us. Let us not grow weary in faith for with God all things are possible.
Lord our Father we praise You & magnify Your holy name. There is no other God but You Jesus, have Your way in us. Thank You for loving us Father. Your love completes us, there is nothing we shall want. We surrender all to You that You may take control of our lives, families, government, businesses, education, relationships & nation. Through Your resurrection You have made us free from captivity of sin, deliver us Lord from everything that is not of Your kingdom. You have given us hope of a better future Father, hear our prayers & answer us according to Your will. Amen
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