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February 5, 2015

Thursday

 

Jeremiah 32:6-8

 

And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy for yourself my field which is at Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it.”‘ “Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of the LORD and said to me, ‘Buy my field, please, that is at Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for you have the right of possession and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself ‘ Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

 

 

LESSON

 

King Zedekiah had imprisoned Jeremiah for preaching, in the Lord’s name, that Yahweh was about to turn Jerusalem over to Nebuchadnezzar who would take possession of it. Zedekiah would not escape, Jeremiah had said, but would face Nebuchadnezzar who would take him captive to Babylon. The Lord told Jeremiah that his cousin Hanamel would offer to sell him a field in Anathoth, Jeremiah’s hometown, just a few miles northeast of Jerusalem. Jeremiah had the right to buy it according to the laws of redemption.

This offer constituted a test of Jeremiah’s faith in the promises of restoration, that the Lord had given him, and an opportunity to give witness to that faith. Anathoth was already in Babylonian hands when Jerusalem was under siege. Imagine being offered property to buy that you could not take possession of, or had no hope of ever using! Without the hope that God is working in this world, some of these things make about as much sense as buying a field in a war zone. But because God has not given up on creation or on us, we know that “our labor in the Lord is not pointless.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 6:31

 

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