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Settle Down      Jer. 29:1, 4-14      July 24, 2011

Introduction

       Have you ever tried to help some one who was so emotionally unsettled the only way to help was to get the person to first Settle Down. Jeremiah needed to get these people to Settle Down so he could impart truth to them. The same needs to happen to us at times.


 

1.   Settle Down; . . Reestablish Normalcy in Your New Situation. Jer. 29:1, 4-7 

      A.   Reestablish Normalcy As . . Directed by the Lord. 29:1,4

      1 This is the text of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the rest of the elders of the

       exiles, the priests, the prophets, and all the people Nebuchadnezzar had deported from Jerusalem to

       Babylon.

       4 This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to

       Babylon:

 

       B.   Reestablish Normalcy As . . Defined by the Lord. 29:5-7

5 “Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and have sons and

       daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters to men in marriage so that they may bear sons

       and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. 7 Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray

       to the LORD on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.”


      In order to focus on the people settling down it probably was good to remember God put them in captivity. He was also responsible for bringing them home. The resettlement of these people was directed by the Lord. The Lord further defined how He wanted the people to become settled. God planned for them to marry and to give their children in marriage. He expected them to pray as a part of their concerns and their proper worship. In the course of time all things were to be back to normal. Normal means the way God wanted them to live and worship before the departure.

 

2.   Settle Down; . . Reject Unrealistic Dreams. Jer. 29:8-9

      A.   Reject the Unrealistic . . Deception from False Prophets. 29:8

8 For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Don’t let your prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you, and don’t listen to the dreams you elicit from them,

 

      B.   Reject the Unrealistic; Pay Attention to the Lord’s . . Declaration. 29:9

9 for they are prophesying falsely to you in My name. I have not sent them.” This is the LORD’s declaration.


       Surely we could expect these people not to follow false prophets and diviners like they did before the captivity. But there is one thing we learn from history and that is that we never learn from history. Evidently some loved to encourage the diviners to dream dreams they conjured up on their own without any prompting from the Lord. Why does it seem society always has those kind of dreamers and even more surprising some people pay attention to them. God’s people should recognize they need to pay attention to the declarations of the Lord. The Lord very plainly told the people these were not His messengers and He did not send them. Today as you scan the preachers on TV can you pick out some who you would classify as those who are not the Lord’s?

 

 

3.   Settle Down; . . Remember the Lord Is in Control. Jer. 29:10-14

      A.   Remember the Lord Is In Control and He has . . Plans for His Children. 29:10-12

10 For this is what the LORD says: “When 70 years for Babylon are complete, I will attend to you and will

       confirm My promise concerning you to restore you to this place.

       11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for

       disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

       12 You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

 

      B.   Remember the Lord Is In Control and He has . . Published His Thoughts. 29:10-12

13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

       14 I will be found by you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“and I will restore your fortunes and gather

       you from all the nations and places where I banished you”—this is the LORD’s declaration. “I will restore

       you to the place I deported you from.”


       The Lord told His people He had plans for them and He published the thoughts of His plans. God does not ask us to do something without having plans for us to accomplish those plans. He also reveals those plans in His Word. Many times we must be very careful as we interpret those plans. I read one time a lady wrote to Billy Graham and told him that he should be ashamed of himself as he prayed for Panama; and God says What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” Matt. 19:6 (KJV). So if we expect people and things to Settle Down we must follow the Lord correctly. Amen? Amen!