Jeremiah 31:27-32:44; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 25:20-22
If ever there was a bad time to invest in real estate, thought Jeremiah, now is the time. Any day he expected enemy soldiers to breach the city walls. And here he sat, a prophet held captive by his own people because they didn’t like the message he spoke–the Words sent by God. His cousin had found him and was now offering to sell him some property–a nice field–“to keep it in the family.”
A nice field which sat in enemy occupied territory–NOT a good deal. Yet, God said, “Buy the land, Jeremiah.”
So, Jeremiah did as the Lord commanded.
It would be a field of hope–a sign that even though the country would fall to the Babylonians, God would eventually restore the land to the Children of Israel. He would bring the captives back. He would still be their God. He would establish them once more.
More than that He would send His only Son, Jesus, who would put an end to the siege works of sin, Satan and our flesh by dying on the Cross. He would draw us to Him through faith and give us fields of hope, and the promise of life everlasting.
“They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.” Jeremiah 32:38-41
Lord God, though it is impossible for us to understand, just like it was for Jeremiah, you desire to do good for us, to give us hope, to be our God even though we are sinful human beings. Your love sent your Son Jesus–the perfect Lamb-Sacrifice to atone for our sins. You call us to believe in Him and by the Spirit’s power create faith in our hearts. You have placed us in a field of hope. We give you all praise and glory! May we ever live for You! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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