W.A. God was once here for me, but now that place is gone. Diana Krall Bible Answer: God spoke the words recorded in Jeremiah 29:12-13 to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. What if you find yourself far from home? Roll and Tumble Fleming Rutledge While King David was alive he told his son, Solomon, the following. Thaddeus Quince and the New Originals “Home Sweet Home.” “Home is where the heart is.” “There’s no place like home.” But what if you must leave your home? Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Robertson Davies . Marilynne Robinson We are seeing heart-breaking pictures of whole families fleeing their homes, leaving everything but the clothes on their backs, taking perilous risks in a search for safety and a new home. Christoph Schwöbel (NASB) Philippians 3:8. Richard Bauckham Learn how your comment data is processed. Miroslav Volf Dire Straits One of the reasons Jeremiah is such an important figure and book is that in just a few years those three pillars of Jewish life and identity would be gone. Rick’s Comfort Food Gooey Baked Mac and Cheese, Richard L. Floyd: “Prophetic” pastors who don’t love the church, Words of Remembrance for Don McGillis (1946-2020), Book Review: “Useful Wisdom: Letters to Young (and Not-So-Young) Ministers” by Anthony B. Robinson, A Reflection on Forty-Five Years of Ordained Ministry. Why are these strong statements put in the Bible, in both the Old and the New Testaments? Herman Melvillle The question for these exiles was the one posed in Psalm 137, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” Some of you might recognize that text from the song “On the Willows” from the musical Godspell. Marva Dawn Dorothy Sayers Colin Gunton Who seek Him with all their heart. Now the protection money flowed to Babylon. The Message 1 Timothy 6 11–12     But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Jeremiah 29:11-14 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE SEARCH FOR GOD" Intro: The search for God has led men into strange places. G.F. Handel Deuteronomy 4:29 (NASB). They have left homes and faced the challenges of exile. 'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jane Austen Amos 5:4 (NASB), Seek the LORD that you may live . Ancient Israel was a tiny kingdom, about the size of New Hampshire or Vermont, and it was wedged precariously between large kingdoms. Van Morrison Bonnie Raitt In the New Testament we discover that the apostle Paul, who was already a Christian, longed to know more about God. And I had to remember that our faith is a faith of hope in the face of discontinuity, and that the church will go on. My wife’s Greek grandparents escaped “ethnic cleansing” in Turkey. I was on the Hill in September for a last alumni gathering and it was bittersweet, for that place was important to me. Ecclesiastes 9:4-5; Psalm 49:14-19; Acts 2:25-26. Let us not treat this wound too lightly. On God’s behalf he accused them of not following God’s law: they were neglecting the widows and orphans, and they were exploiting the poor. John Calvin Jeremiah’s message is a word of hope and promise that God will never abandon us, that wherever we go God is with us. Wherever you go, whatever happens to you, you are assured of God’s presence with you. During the years of monarchy in Israel the small kingdom had survived by a series of submissive treaties with its bigger neighbors. Again and again the promise seems imperiled, the story seems to come to an end. J.S. Change ). 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. We know that God’s ways are not our ways, but it seems odd that he would send this up-country boy to the capitol to be his spokesman. Charles Dickens Michael Connelly The Babylonians took him, too, and his mother up to Babylon. God said, “Don’t worry. Willie Nelson, “Displaced Persons” A Sermon on Jeremiah 29: 1-14. But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Lewis We are witnessing in our own time the dislocation of hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees fleeing from war and terror. Jeremiah’s vision of a God not bound by place became an important word for his people, and I think it remains an important word for all displaced persons. Jeremiah 29:13 "And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." If we will, He will let us find Him. . My seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, is selling its beautiful, historic campus on the Hill in Newton to go to Yale. In fact, elsewhere in the book of Jeremiah, the prophet challenges the three pillars on which Jewish life rested: the monarchy, the land, and the temple. God has a plan Jeremiah 19:10-14 Batman clip God wants you to be a super hero. Robert Jenson In Exodus we find another man called Moses who seriously begged that God would reveal Himself. Here’s the final word from Jeremiah, and from the gospel. The Blue Hornets The common wisdom among these exiles was that the solution to their plight was to return to Jerusalem, to the land, the temple, and the monarchy that were the center of religious life for them. . This is a wonderful promise that states if Israel would seek God, He will let them find Him. Frederick Buechner Dietrich Bonhoeffer It was in this world of foreign domination over Israel, first to Assyria and then to Babylon, in which Jeremiah grew up. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,”Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” (NASB) Psalm 27:8 (NASB), O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Next, we will look at the New Testament. He was also, at the outset of his call from God, a very young man, and told God he was too young to do the job. The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was having none of it. In Jeremiah’s lifetime the big threat first came from the Assyrians, whose capital was Nineveh, which was located in what today is, wait for it, the city of Mosul, in Northern Iraq. All Rights Reserved. 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And that is the good news the church has to tell to all of us in our several dislocations. “I will be found by you,” declares the LORD . Living as slaves in Babylon was not a pleasant experience and to hear the discouraging message of Jeremiah caused many of them to think that God had only evil thoughts concerning them. Jeremiah 29:13 "And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." Mark Twain These were all symptoms of the spiritual un-health of the kingdom, and if it continued bad things would happen. We will look at an important letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the exiles in Babylon. Dorothy Sayers This is a divine principle that also applies to everyone. Moses had learned that God will respond to those who seriously long to know God. Jeremiah 29:8-13 Concentration of Heart Jeremiah 29:8-13 Divine Purposes Fulfilled in Answer to Prayer Anon. Annie Dillard This is a wonderful promise that states if Israel would seek God, He will let them find Him. It would be a shame if anything happened to it!”. On the lonely hill of Golgotha the broken-hearted disciples who had seen in Jesus the fulfillment of the Promise thought that finally there on the cross, the story had come to an end. He took an army to Jerusalem, conquered the city, and took away about ten thousand of the city’s leading citizens to Babylon. Dorothy Dunnett Tribute is a polite term for ‘protection money.” Assyria was like the feared mob boss who commanded submission. Karl Barth REVIVAL: Stronger Than Ever Sermon Central Share a Sermon … Peter Robinson Jeremiah 29:8-13 … To the South was Egypt, and to the North was Assyria, later Babylonia, and Persia. To understand the significance of this letter we need some background. Then seek Him. For Jews at that time their faith was very focused on the land and especially on its capitol, Jerusalem, with its temple. Browse Sermons on Jeremiah 29:13. So far, we may have discovered that seeking the Lord includes finding Him and knowing Him deeper. In doing research for this sermon I got the eerie feeling that “the more things change the more they stay the same” because much of the background for today’s lesson is about generations of war in the Middle East. Judah now became a submissive vassal state of Babylon. Today, many of our churches must close or change radically the way they have always done things, and it might seem like God has left them in their dislocation. Dexter Gordon Jeremiah is now telling them that they should seek to live peaceably in the cities of Babylon for they were to be there for 70 years. Jonathan Edwards St. Anselm of Canterbury Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, Copyright © Like The Master Ministries. The story of America is a story of waves of displaced persons who found a new home here.

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