Here’s something that’s been bugging me – maybe someone could help me understand?
Again and again I’ve come across Christian writers who quote this verse:
as an encouragement to all believers.
And the more I look at the passage from which this verse is taken, the more weird this seems to me.
Have a little look with me:
10 This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (courtesy of Bible Gateway)
God is very clearly talking to the exiles from Judah. His promise here is to a particular nation (which happens to be my nation). Where does anyone find a reason to pluck a verse from the middle of this promise and say it applies to all Christians?
Sorry, I just don’t get this. Am I missing something?