The Scripture After the Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11
Have you talked about Jesus with anyone or invited anyone to church this week?
This week as we’re studying the plans of God, can you think of a time your plans came through without blemish?
How about when they fell through?
How did you feel during each experience?
1. Luke covered Jeremiah 29:11 in our scripture after the scripture series. In this passage we can read this and think that God is providing reassurance and encouragement for our lives, hoping to invigorate our souls to trust in him. Luke reminded us though that this scripture has a much deeper purpose.
Luke spoke of two purposes that this scripture serves in an effort to fully define its meaning. First, there is a plan for us which is greater than our own. Second, the one making the plans is greater than not just us, but anyone.
As we examine the following scripture be thinking about how God’s plan is portrayed and how in the situation presented you would have overcame the situation instead.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.”
When reviewing God’s plan it was pretty simple: Show up and tell the people I (God) have sent you. On the surface this plan while seeming simple is not a simple feat. In-fact, it was extremely intimidating. So much so that later Moses attempts to dodge out of having to go.
If you were God, how would you have told Moses to go to Pharaoh and release the Israelites?
How detailed would your plan be?
Would you have any fail safes built into your plan for Moses?
How would you have reacted should Moses dislike your plan?
While our plans may seem like a good and thorough plan, God’s plan, while sounding hard at first, always ends up being better and easier.
Read Exodus 3:18-21
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”