God Makes All Things New – 4

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Scripture Text – Jeremiah 30-33

These chapters describe the glory of the dawning of a new day for the people of Israel, not only for the exiles in Babylon but also for the Jewish people in the latter days before the Lord returns. Jeremiah’s prophecy comprises both the near and far future.

Restoration: A New Land and Kingdom

Please read Jeremiah 32:1-33:23 for the background to this section.
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It wasn’t enough for the prophet merely to preach God’s promises; he also had to practice them and prove to his hearers that he believed them himself. “Faith without works is dead.” – James 2:26. Therefore, God directed Jeremiah to give another “action sermon” and purchase a piece of property at a time when the fortunes of Judah couldn’t have been lower. In so doing, Jeremiah got the attention of the people and was able to affirm God’s great promises to them. He had to “put his money where his mouth was” and God blessed him for it.

An “illogical thing” (Jeremiah 32:1-44). The tenth year of Zedekiah’s rule was 587 B.C., one year before Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, when Jeremiah was confined in the court of the prison (Jeremiah 37:21). King Zedekiah didn’t like Jeremiah’s messages concerning himself and the city, but perhaps his imprisoning the prophet was God’s way of protecting Jeremiah from his enemies and providing food for him during the terrible siege. People can imprison God’s workers, but God’s Word is not bound (2 Timothy 2:9). God’s Word came to Jeremiah telling him to do a most illogical thing: Buy a piece of the battlefield!

The Transaction (verses 6–15). God told Jeremiah that his cousin Hanamel was coming with an offer to sell property in their hometown of Anathoth. If Hanamel had suddenly shown up, Jeremiah probably would have refused the offer. After all, the field was in the hands of the Babylonians, Jeremiah was in prison, and the future of the nation was bleak indeed. Of what use would a field be to Jeremiah who couldn’t possibly live for another seventy years?

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That, however, is what faith is all about: obeying God in spite of what we see, how we feel, and what may happen. It’s well been said that faith is not believing in spite of evidence but obeying in spite of consequence, and Jeremiah’s actions illustrate that maxim. When word got out that Jeremiah was investing in worthless real estate, many people must have laughed, others shook their heads in disbelief, and some probably thought he was crazy.

The transaction was probably carried out in the court of the prison with all things done legally. Jeremiah signed the deeds, paid the money, and gave the legal documents to his secretary Baruch, who is mentioned here for the first time. The witnesses attested to the signature and the deeds and probably went away wondering whether Jeremiah had lost his mind. The transaction was the talk of the city, you can be sure, with Hanamel the hero. Hanamel may have thought he engineered a shrewd deal, but he only gave evidence of his unbelief.

The Reaction (verses 16–25). As was often the case with Jeremiah, a testing experience of doubt followed a triumphant experience of faith. Having obeyed God’s command by faith, Jeremiah was now wondering how God would ever give him his property; he did the right thing by praying about it. The best way to handle doubt is to talk to God, be honest about your feelings, and then wait for Him to give you His message from His Word.

True prayer begins with worship and focuses on the greatness of God. No matter what our problems are, God is greater; and the more we see His greatness, the less threatening our problems will become. True prayer also involves rehearsing what God has done for us in the past and remembering how He kept His promises and met the needs of His people. Jeremiah’s prayer concluded with the prophet sharing his difficult situation with God and turning it over to Him. Outside the city was the besieging Babylonian army; within the city were famine, disease, and disobedience; and in Jeremiah’s heart was a nagging doubt that he’d made a fool of himself.

To Be Continued

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Adaptation of excerpts from Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Decisive, “Be” Commentary Series.
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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