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God speaks to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29:10-14) with words of hope…hope that the Jewish people will have their lands restored and be removed from exile in 70 years.  With this gracious promise, God offered a prosperous future,  as well as a promise to be beside them throughout their period of trial.  God promises that the Kingdom of God will be with them while they wait to escape their captivity.  This Godly promise, spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, offered a collective future hope for the Israelites that was based on the promise of a faithful God.  Note that God did not immediately release them…God often fulfills our requests in ways other than we ask or expect.  God did however promise and fulfill the hope of the Kingdom of God for his faithful people.  That promise of redemptive hope was once again fulfilled by Jesus and Christians continue to enjoy the collective hope brought about by the presence of the Kingdom of God today.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”  [Jeremiah 29:10-14]

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