God’s Word Goes Forth: Come to the Lord in Prayer
Jeremiah 32:1-15: In today’s reading, the Babylonian army has surrounded Jerusalem. Jeremiah is in prison for his prophecy and God tell him to purchase a piece of ground. This was to signify, that though Jerusalem was besieged, and the whole country likely to be laid waste, yet the time would come, when the Jews would return from the Babylonian captivity, and again possess houses, fields, and vineyards, in their own land, and by their own right, according to their tribes and families.
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 32:14, 15
“The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, has ordered you to take these deeds, both the sealed deed of purchase and the open copy, and to place them in a clay jar, so that they may be preserved for years to come. The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, has said that houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”
1 The LORD spoke to me in the tenth year that Zedekiah was king of Judah, which was also the eighteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia. 2 At that time the army of the king of Babylonia was attacking Jerusalem, and I was locked up in the courtyard of the royal palace. 3 King Zedekiah had imprisoned me there and had accused me of announcing that the LORD had said, “I am going to let the king of Babylonia capture this city, 4 and King Zedekiah will not escape. He will be handed over to the king of Babylonia; he will see him face-to-face and will speak to him in person. 5 Zedekiah will be taken to Babylonia, and he will remain there until I deal with him. Even if he fights the Babylonians, he will not be successful. I, the LORD, have spoken. ” 6 The LORD told me 7 that Hanamel, my uncle Shallum's son, would come to me with the request to buy his field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin, because I was his nearest relative and had the right to buy it for myself. 8 Then, just as the LORD had said, Hanamel came to me there in the courtyard and asked me to buy the field. So I knew that the LORD had really spoken to me. 9 I bought the field from Hanamel and weighed out the money to him; the price came to seventeen pieces of silver. 10 I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the money on scales. 11 Then I took both copies of the deed of purchase—the sealed copy containing the contract and its conditions, and the open copy— 12 and gave them to Baruch, the son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah. I gave them to him in the presence of Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed of purchase and of the people who were sitting in the courtyard. 13 Before them all I said to Baruch, 14 “The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, has ordered you to take these deeds, both the sealed deed of purchase and the open copy, and to place them in a clay jar, so that they may be preserved for years to come. 15 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, has said that houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land. ”
When a person was forced to sell land to pay a debt, the law required family members to have the first right to purchase or refuse the land (see Leviticus 25:25-32; Ruth 4:1-6). Jeremiah’s cousin is selling at a terrible time. Why would anyone invest in real estate near Jerusalem in 587 BC when the Babylonians might steal the land at any moment? If you were Jeremiah, how might you respond to God?
God who is present everywhere, your vision for the future extends far beyond my greatest imagination. Too often I am focused on the needs of the present. Enable me to find strength in you that I may work for your Kingdom here on earth. Amen.
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