Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jeremiah 29:11 as a Life Verse?

This is a good look at using Jer. 29:11 as a life verse for us. I am not advocating that we cannot learn something from all Scripture, but we certainly must be careful to read ourselves into passages, especially in light of real life. Otherwise, our life may look like God does not keep His "promises". The martyrs' lives may look like God does not keep His promises. When God promises something, He will most certainly keep His Word.


by Lisa Robinson July 18th, 2012
(Lisa Robinson)

As a follow to this post on life verses, I’ve been reminded that Jeremiah 29:11 is a fairly common one claimed as a personal, individual promise. But is Jeremiah 29:11 a promise for us today or was it related to a particular situation at a particular time? Was it an individual promise or a corporate promise?  Voddie Baucham has some interesting things to say in this 6 minute clip. (Although I wish he would have left out the God killing part given controversy over recent statements).

Examining vs 11 in context of the entirety of what Jeremiah tells a different story than how the verse has been claimed. It’s why I wrote here that we have to careful when turning narrative or prophetic discourse into a personal prescription for today. As Baucham points out, it can have very harmful consequences.
What do you think? I would be interested to hear a defense for using it today.

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