Jeremiah 32:6-7, 9-10, 13-15 (CEB)
6Jeremiah said, The Lord’s word came to me: 7Your cousin Hanamel, Shallum’s son, is on his way to see you; and when he arrives, he will tell you: “Buy my field in Anathoth, for by law you are next in line to purchase it.”
9So I bought the field in Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. 10I signed the deed, sealed it, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales.
13I charged Baruch before all of them: 14“The Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: Take these documents—this sealed deed of purchase along with the unsealed one—and put them into a clay container so they will last a long time. 15The Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: Houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”
Jeremiah was one of God’s prophets who lived during a time when Babylon occupied Judah. The people had been reduced to slave status, many of them forced from their homes and exported to Babylon. It sure seems like a dumb time to buy land, especially because the transaction would be meaningless. Technically, all of the land belonged to Babylon. It was neither Hanamel’s to sell nor Jeremiah’s to own.
So why did God direct this transaction to take place? It was a message of hope. Check out verse 15. At the time, the Jews were not in control of their land, but God is promising that the day is coming when they would be a free people once again. Jeremiah bought the land having faith that God’s promise would be kept. The documents were sealed in a clay jar to preserve them, indicating Jeremiah’s willingness to be patient while God worked through the situation.
When faced with turmoil, disappointment, or other difficult situations, what gives you hope? When have you experienced God working through a tough situation in your life? Is there a situation right now where you could use God’s reassurance or an extra boost of patience?
Spend some time in prayer. Thank God for being forever faithful. Thank God especially for those specific times when you have been given hope in a bleak situation. Lift up any current difficulties to God.
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