The verse that we will be looking at this week at The Hill is Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
This verse has suffered endless abuse from both Christians and non-Christians and thus has earned the opening spot for our Straight Outta Context series.
In preparation for The Hill this week, I recommend that you read this verse in its context and seek to understand the author's intended meaning.
Here are some questions that will keep you busy and will help you get to know the author and the audience of the book of Jeremiah! If you do this study, you will be rewarded greatly as the book will begin to come alive and the original meaning will suddenly become not so hidden.
- Who was the author?
- What was his background?
- When did he write?
- What was the nature of his ministry?
- What kind of relationship did he have with the audience?
- Why was he writing?
- Who was the biblical audience?
- What were their circumstances?
- How was their relationship to God?
- What kind of relationship did they have with each other?
- What was happening at the time the book was written?
- Are there any other historical-cultural factors that might shed light on the book?