Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 32:1-15
Heartbroken. Upset. Distraught. This was one of my first times to really dive deep into the book of Jeremiah and meditate on it and allow it to minister to me. From today’s reading there is a small amount of information about buying a field. This seems like a simple request, but the implications are far greater than just this action. To really understand the small passage you have to dig deep into the full book of Jeremiah which has 31 chapters before this present chapter.
As I read through the entire book of Jeremiah, I was saddened. You can sense the heartache and the disappointment that God had for the children of Israel for leaving him. This is a hurt that father experiences through with losing their child: either by death, estrangement, differences of opinions, or tragedy. It shows the true level of love and despair that God went through with the loss of the love of the children of Israel.
But as we progress through the book, God reminds us of his steadfast love. He reminds us that his love outweighs everything that we can do against him. This also shows how he is committed to his promise to protect us and to advance us. Jer 29:10-12
“For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.”
3 the Lord appeared to him[a] from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Many times in our lives we need to have something factual and tangible to really understand the spiritual. By having God instruct Jeremiah to buy a field with these certain instructions, God has made a tangible and a real manifestation of his word. There were several prophets at this time and the people needed to see the evidence of God and the spoken word of God. From the action of Jeremiah buying the field that God had witnessed to him through the vision and the manner he purchased the field, this ensured God’s fulfillment of his promise to Israel.
In our society, today it sometimes feels that people are going away from God. Sometimes when you look at the news, it shows that we are going away from the statutes. But this passage is reassuring that his promise is continuously with us. This shows that his promise will be with us as his people. This passage shows us that when we listen to God and do as he has asked us it can be beneficial for all people. Have you been asked or Are you being asked to buy a field?