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August 7, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Jeremiah | 2 Comments
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In Jeremiah Chapter 32 Jeremiah is in prison, and the Babylonians are winning the battle for Jerusalem outside, but God was preparing him to perform another illustrated action sermon.

And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.

Jeremiah 32:6-7

Jeremiah’s cousin Hanameel (not to be confused with his other cousins, Malt-O-Meal or chamomile) offered to sell him a field – a piece of property – in his hometown, Anathoth. This would not be a wise financial investment from an earthly perspective.

So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD. And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.

Jeremiah 32:8-9

Jeremiah bought this property – formally, legally, and publicly – so that everyone would know what he as doing. It’s not hard to imagine Hanameel as a shifty used car salesman, waiting until Jeremiah is just out of sight, then wildly high-fiving his friends and celebrating over how he swindled his cousin into the worst deal ever. However, Jeremiah was able to do what the people who mocked his prophecies were not able to do. He was able to look for God’s hand at work and even talk to God about his fears and confusion.

Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying, Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:

Jeremiah 32:16-19

As Christians, we don’t live on explanations. We live on the promises of God – or at least we should. Do we really believe that nothing is too difficult for Him? Or do we hedge our bets? Getting ridiculed by the world for obeying God is a great blessing. It may be a delayed blessing, but it will ultimately be a sweet blessing of vindication.

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