The Bible is God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness... but the proper application of scripture to our lives requires discernment. Some verses speak directly to us while others require historical or cultural context. The United States is not Israel. The people of Israel in the Old Testament is often an allegory for the Christian Church but promises made to the nation of Israel do not apply verbatim to Americans. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is often taken out of context wrongly applied. If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land was a promise made to the nation of Israel. There’s a lot of truth in that verse that does apply to people everywhere. We should humble ourselves. We should pray, seek God’s face and turn from wicked ways. But the United States of America is not going to be healed as a whole as a Christian nation. The Kingdom of God is being built from people of every nation.
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) is often quoted to provide encouragement. But does that verse apply to everyone that read it or was it a specific promise to an individual or group? God begins in verse 10 by saying “When seventy years are complete in Babylon I will visit you…” We can visit the middle east but Babylon fell 4,000 years ago. None of us live in captivity there. And yet… does the Lord not have plans for us that are certain?
Romans 8:28 is a New Testament verse that applies to New Testament Christians. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Now watch this.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together (give you a future and a hope) for good (plans for welfare and not for evil), for those who are called according to his purpose (I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord)
Romans 8:28 (Jeremiah 29:11)
We’re not talking about nations, we’re talking in these verses about you. Everything in the Old Testament cannot be given a New Testament application but Romans 8:28 seems to give us one for Jeremiah 29:11. Props to Patrick Sims whom I only know through Facebook. I asked if he borrowed this from someone that deserved credit and as far as he knows this comparison of these verses is an original thought. Do you have thoughts?