Notes: March 27, 2009

A Tale of Two Letters

Jeremiah 29

God’s counsel for those taken captive by Babylon (v. 1-23)

  • Build houses
  • Plant gardens
  • Get married
  • Have children
  • Live in peace with your new neighbors
  • Pray for peace
  • Don’t be misled by false prophets
  • Wait until your 70-year sentence has been fulfilled
  • Know that I have not forgotten you
  • Call upon me, pray; and I will answer you and deliver you
  • Be warned that those who resisted my counsel will suffer in Israel

Pseudo-scriptures of Shemiah (v. 24-32)

  • Published widely
  • Professing to be God’s spokesman
  • Pushing others to stop Jeremiah and rebel against God
  • Proudly lying and endangering others
  • Punished accordingly