2. Living by faith and not by sight
In 2 Corinthians 5:7, Apostle Paul says, “We live by faith, not by sight”. The Israelites have to live in a foreign land, holding on to their faith that the God of Israel will rescue them from their plight even though that they do not know what will happen to them there. They have to trust God’s word through the prophet of God, Jeremiah.
If we will analyze the plight of the Israelites, we can see that by the end of the seventy years, God wants Israel to remain a strong and powerful nation that is why he wants them to continue to grow in terms population. God wants to keep Israel’s human resource that would enable them to rebuild their nation that lie in desolation. He wants them to live normal lives by getting married and working precisely that they may not suffer much. By becoming peaceful people, they may become a source of God’s blessing and mirrors of His goodness even in a foreign land.
However, while you’re in that situation, it’s difficult to see that. In the most perplexing situation; when we can’t see what lies ahead, we need to trust God and fix our eyes on Him.
Meanwhile, He has brought up a strong man of faith from among those exiles, Daniel…
to be continued