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Blessing Babylon on the Way to Zion
March 25, 2018      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Sam teaches from Jeremiah 29 regarding how we are called to neither protest against nor condone the evil of the cities, jobs, neighborhoods we are in - but rather to bless them and fill them with God’s presence until we reach “Zion”.

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Jeremiah 29:4-7 (NASB)
4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon,
5 ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce.
6 Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease.
7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’

This passage is a call to Jewish exiles to actually pray in blessing in Babylon while in captivity there.

Babylon is the home of God’s people for 70 years but not their permanent home.

And though Babylon is a wicked, idolatrous, pagan place - the Lord does not command his people to protest or cause it trouble.

He calls them to settle in, praying for the welfare of the city.

We are in an enemy infested, cursed, anti-christ, idolatrous age which is not our home.

The Lord, though, has called us to spread a dynamic growing kingdom into this evil age until the day of judgement.

We are not called to protest against nor to condone the evil of the cities, jobs, neighborhoods we are in - but rather to bless them and fill them with God’s presence until we reach “Zion” i.e. the age to come where Jesus receives his kingdom and inheritance.

Jesus actually lives this way which confused the zealots and religious order of the day.

He healed, cast out devils, fed the poor, and just over all blessed everywhere he went even without these cities fully repenting or following Him.

2,000 years ago Israel and Jerusalem where not His destination. He was headed somewhere else but blessed as he passed through.

Matthew 21:6-11
6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them,
7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.
8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 
9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”
10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”
11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jesus rode on to this destination but the journey involved some severe pain and suffering.
His suffering would result in redemption for all.

Psalms 84:5-6
5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; the early rain also covers it with blessings.

I am praying that the Lord will envision and motivate us to turn our “Valley of Baca” into “showers of blessing”.

Disciples bless Babylon on their way to Zion.

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