Text: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Message: Living in Babylon
In Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, the prophet challenges the Judeans in captivity in Babylon to find ways to make the best of their situation, trusting that God is present and active in that strange, inhospitable place.
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 (NRSV)
1These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.