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What are our lives about? Our goals, dreams and aspirations or, God's goals, dreams, aspirations and grand vision for us?

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A partial set of notes and Scriptures: 

 

Sometimes there is a bit of a disconnect between our dreams and the reality that we encounter in our life as time goes on… 

In Scripture a man who had mismatched expectations in his life.

Baruch, like Barack, means blessed.

Who was Baruch?

Jeremiah 45:2 Jeremiah 45:2Thus said the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:
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 ”Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: 
Jeremiah 45:3 Jeremiah 45:3You did say, Woe is me now! for the LORD has added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.
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 ’You said, “Woe is me now! For the LORD has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.” ‘ 
Jeremiah 45:4 Jeremiah 45:4Thus shall you say to him, The LORD said thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.
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 ”Thus you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land. 
Jeremiah 45:5 Jeremiah 45:5And seek you great things for yourself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil on all flesh, said the LORD: but your life will I give to you for a prey in all places where you go.
American King James Version×
 And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says the LORD. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.” ’ “ 

II Chro 44:8 ? 

(Jeremiah 51:59 Jeremiah 51:59The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet prince.
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)  The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And Seraiah was the quartermaster.

The 4th year of Jehoiachim was a tumultuous year in the Kingdom of Judah… 

Jeremiah 36:1 Jeremiah 36:1And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
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 Now it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: 
Jeremiah 36:2 Jeremiah 36:2Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.
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 ”Take a scroll of a book and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah even to this day. 
Jeremiah 36:3 Jeremiah 36:3It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do to them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
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 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the adversities which I purpose to bring upon them, that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.” 
Jeremiah 36:4 Jeremiah 36:4Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken to him, on a roll of a book.
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 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote on a scroll of a book, at the instruction of Jeremiah, all the words of the LORD which He had spoken to him. 
Jeremiah 36:5 Jeremiah 36:5And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD:
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 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, “I am confined, I cannot go into the house of the LORD
Jeremiah 36:6 Jeremiah 36:6Therefore go you, and read in the roll, which you have written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’s house on the fasting day: and also you shall read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
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 You go, therefore, and read from the scroll which you have written at my instruction, the words of the LORD, in the hearing of the people in the LORD’s house on the day of fasting. And you shall also read them in the hearing of all Judah who come from their cities. 

Jeremiah and Josiah were contemporaries. Josiah 21 years old. Jeremiah had been called to preach 24 years before this.  He has been commanded to write down all these profecies from the previous decades.

Jeremiah 36:7 Jeremiah 36:7It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD has pronounced against this people.
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 It may be that they will present their supplication before the LORD, and everyone will turn from his evil way. For great is the anger and the fury that the LORD has pronounced against this people.” 
Jeremiah 36:8 Jeremiah 36:8And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD’s house.
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 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading from the book the words of the LORD in the LORD’s house. 

Jeremiah 36:9 Jeremiah 36:9And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem.
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 Now it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem. 

Jeremiah 36:11 Jeremiah 36:11When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,
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 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD from the book, 
Jeremiah 36:12 Jeremiah 36:12Then he went down into the king’s house, into the scribe’s chamber: and, see, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
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 he then went down to the king’s house, into the scribe’s chamber; and there all the princes were sitting—Elishama the scribe, Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, Elnathan the son of Achbor, Gemariah the son of Shaphan, Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes. 
Jeremiah 36:13 Jeremiah 36:13Then Michaiah declared to them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.
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 Then Michaiah declared to them all the words that he had heard when Baruch read the book in the hearing of the people. 
Jeremiah 36:14 Jeremiah 36:14Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, Take in your hand the roll wherein you have read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came to them.
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 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, “Take in your hand the scroll from which you have read in the hearing of the people, and come.” So Baruch the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them. 
Jeremiah 36:15 Jeremiah 36:15And they said to him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.
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 And they said to him, “Sit down now, and read it in our hearing.” So Baruch read it in their hearing. 
Jeremiah 36:16 Jeremiah 36:16Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said to Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.
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 Now it happened, when they had heard all the words, that they looked in fear from one to another, and said to Baruch, “We will surely tell the king of all these words.” 
Jeremiah 36:17 Jeremiah 36:17And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How did you write all these words at his mouth?
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 And they asked Baruch, saying, “Tell us now, how did you write all these words—at his instruction?” 
Jeremiah 36:18 Jeremiah 36:18Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words to me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
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 So Baruch answered them, “He proclaimed with his mouth all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink in the book.” 
Jeremiah 36:19 Jeremiah 36:19Then said the princes to Baruch, Go, hide you, you and Jeremiah; and let no man know where you be.
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 Then the princes said to Baruch, “Go and hide, you and Jeremiah; and let no one know where you are.” 

Jeremiah 36:20 Jeremiah 36:20And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
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 And they went to the king, into the court; but they stored the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the hearing of the king. 
Jeremiah 36:21 Jeremiah 36:21So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
American King James Version×
 So the king sent Jehudi to bring the scroll, and he took it from Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king and in the hearing of all the princes who stood beside the king. 
Jeremiah 36:22 Jeremiah 36:22Now the king sat in the winter house in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
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 Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning on the hearth before him. 
Jeremiah 36:23 Jeremiah 36:23And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
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 And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. 
Jeremiah 36:24 Jeremiah 36:24Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
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 Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words. 
Jeremiah 36:25 Jeremiah 36:25Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
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 Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them. 
Jeremiah 36:26 Jeremiah 36:26But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them.
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 And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them. 

(Jeremiah 45:3 Jeremiah 45:3You did say, Woe is me now! for the LORD has added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.
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)  ’You said, “Woe is me now! For the LORD has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.” ‘

Do we also say WOE IS ME Lord ??? 
Are our plans just about US and OUR desires?  God said: DO NOT SEEK THEM [ implied, I have GREATER things for you… ]

So, what are GOD’s PLANS for your life? What is driving your decision making?
Are you asking for the right job at the right time, right salary and right place?
U staying in the job cuz afraid of change?
Marriage, taking it to a higher level of understanding and cooperation… or settled in your “life as it is”?
Are we asking GOD to reveal to us what WE must change [ not the other person ] ?

God was showing this man the reality of his life and the future planned for him.

(Jeremiah 42:11 Jeremiah 42:11Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; be not afraid of him, said the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.
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)  Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the LORD, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand.
(Jeremiah 42:13 Jeremiah 42:13But if you say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God,
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)  ”But if you say, ‘We will not dwell in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the LORD your God,
(Jeremiah 42:14 Jeremiah 42:14Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:
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)  saying, ‘No, but we will go to the land of Egypt where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor be hungry for bread, and there we will dwell’—

(Jeremiah 43:1 Jeremiah 43:1And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking to all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words,
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)  Now it happened, when Jeremiah had stopped speaking to all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, all these words,
(Jeremiah 43:2 Jeremiah 43:2Then spoke Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying to Jeremiah, You speak falsely: the LORD our God has not sent you to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
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)  that Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to dwell there.’
(Jeremiah 43:3 Jeremiah 43:3But Baruch the son of Neriah sets you on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.
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)  But Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may put us to death or carry us away captive to Babylon.”

(Jdg 21:25)  In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Baruch did not DO what was “right in his own eyes”…  He stepped out in faith, put his life at risk and did what GOD expected.

There is time now in God’s Church to do what GOD expects.

(Luk 11:2)  So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
(Luk 11:3)  Give us day by day our daily bread.
(Luk 11:4)  And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

WHEN DO WE get to ask for WHAT WE WANT…. ??? 
NOT THERE !!!

42’ … PRAYER STATEMENT 

Jeremiah 41:10 Jeremiah 41:10Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites.
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GOD had different plans for Baruch… 
 

Comments

  • ALLAN DIGNADICE
    Our own goals, dreams and aspiration clashes with what God envisioned for us. You have to make a decision that will be opposite of what you want in your life. That is why we have to choose the right path and pursue it which is God's way through Jesus our savior. I pray to God that he will give me strength to overcome selfish desires that the world follows.
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