Lost In Translation

Last week I began a mini-series during the Wednesday morning service.  Understand that the Wednesday morning crowd is mostly comprised of Sr. Citizens that have been in church since childhood.  Teaching this crowd seems odd to me.  I should be sitting at their feet getting wisdom from them.

Anyway, the series title is “Lost In Translation”.  Basically we are talking about passages of scripture that have been twisted over the years, usually from well intentioned people, to mean something other than what was originally intended.

The first passage we looked at was one that is familiar to any young person who as been at a youth rally or convention.  Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.”

Great verse huh!  Except we use it totally out of context.  You see as much as I want to believe that that verse is directed right at me, if you look at in context it really isn’t.  The way we interpret the verse in the U.S. is largley reflective of our “me” centered society.

In reality that verse isn’t about me at all, however there are principles there that apply to me.  You see the people Jeremiah was taking to were in captivity in Babylon.  King Nebechadnezzar had invaded Jerusalem and in about 3 phases had carried the people off to a foreign land.  Long story short, there were plenty of prophets in the day who were telling the people to hold on, captivity wouldnt last long and God would get them out of this mess pronto.  The problem is those guys were false prophets and along comes Jeremiah with the not so popular news that they had better kick their shoes off and be prepared to stay a spell.  A long spell.  70 years to be exact.  and that only got them to King Cyrus’ decree that they could return to the homeland.  It was about another 70 years or so until that happened.  Total time in captivity for some was about 150 years.  Needless to say, most of the people who heard this prophecy given weren’t even alive when it came to pass. 

You see, God sees a bigger picture.  The prophecy of Jeremiah 29:11 is a kingdom prophecy.  Given to God’s chosen people but it really does have application to us.  We have a promise from God that we ultimately win, that Jesus will return and we will rule and reign with him.  Is it going to happen in my lifetime?  Maybe not.  But even if my life is a life of hardship and captivity and there are no easy days, I can trust that God will ultimately come through and when I live my life faithfully for him even when I’m going through tough times, I am leaving a legacy for the next generation.  That’s what Jeremiah 29:11 is about.  Legacy. 

Stand firm knowing that God does have a plan for hope and a future.  Better than we can ever ask or imagine.  Just hold on, live your life to the fullest, serve Him faithfully no matter what.  The next generation is watching you.

~ by pastormikeadams on March 29, 2008.

One Response to “Lost In Translation”

  1. Hey PM! Listen, with crazy life of twins and husband (you know how much trouble he is) Thanks for letting me get a little “jolt” as you say this morning. As I drink my coffee, it’s refreshing to read the words of someone I respect and know who has a heart of gold and the knowledge to back it. I am going to definatley be reading your blog… Hope that’s some motivation!! Tell the fam we said hello….

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