One of the supplementary Bible passages that stood out to me and surprised me a bit was Jeremiah 29:1-14. We like to quote verses 11-13 a lot when we are talking about God’s plan for our lives, especially around graduations. Even though these verses can apply to our lives in general, the prophet Jeremiah originally wrote them for a very specific situation that the nation of Israel was facing during their captivity in Babylon.
From the context of these verses, it appears the Israelites were dismayed at their situation and wanted to return to their homeland as soon as possible. Even some of the false prophets were giving the people false hope that their stay in Babylon would be short lived. Through Jeremiah, God told His people to accept the situation they were living in and settle down, thrive, and even seek the welfare of Babylon. This probably would not have been welcome news to the Israelites. But God promised that He saw them in exile, that He was with them, and that His plan was for their ultimate good.
This passage affirms the Hebraic map by showing that God is personal. He cared about His people and spoke to them through divine revelation. It also supports the Hebraic linear view of history. God gave a specific time for when He would redeem His people and bring them back to their own land. And lastly, it demonstrates the duality of God’s people living in exile while anticipating the future redemption and return to Jerusalem.