This Sunday at The Journey

EGYPT AND BABYLON

In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel, God's chosen people, found themselves captives in foreign lands on two occasions. Once as slaves in Egypt and again as exiles in Babylon. When it comes to our engagement in a world that is not our home, which example do we follow? I believe that as followers of Jesus, through our work, we are called to join God in His work to redeem and reconcile a sin broken world to Himself. Like exiles in Babylon, we are called to work for the good of the city, but always remember that this world is not our home.

Big idea: Through your work you are called to join God in His work to redeem and reconcile a sin broken world to Himself.

Jeremiah 29:1-7(CSB)

This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining exiled elders, the priests, the prophets, and all the people Nebuchadnezzar had deported from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2This was after King Jeconiah, the queen mother, the court officials, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metalsmiths had left Jerusalem. 3He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The letter stated:

4This is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5“Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce. 6Find wives for yourselves, and have sons and daughters. Find 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. 7Pursue the well-being of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it thrives, you will thrive.”




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Take Away: Being for others is our work.