For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the LORD.
“For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear 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 I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
by: Ashea West.
Children placed in timeout for bad behavior tend to be calmer at the end of their break. This passage reminds me of that. The Israelites were captured by the Babylonians because of their disobedience to God. Like a good father, God did not exile them without hope. God reminded His people that their “timeout” was only for 70 years, and that He would be with them through this time. Then they would seek Him and find Him; they would see all the promises He had for them. When God puts us in a timeout, it is not because He does not love us but because He wants us to reflect and repent so that He can restore our relationship with Him.'