Babylon is invading Jerusalem and Jeremiah is still in the court prison. In the midst of all that, the Lord instructs Jeremiah to buy a field from his cousin. After Jeremiah signs the deed, the Lord says, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in the land.”
Jeremiah is confused bc, for the last 40 years, the Lord has been telling him that judgement will be coming to Judah which will result in Judah’s destruction. So why would Jeremiah want to purchase land? 🤔Jeremiah says to God, “And You have said to me, O Lord God, ’Buy the field for money, and take witness’! – yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.” God responds, “Is there anything too hard for me?” The answer to that is NO!! 🙌
The Lord tells Jeremiah that the Babylonians will destroy Jerusalem as He has said, “because the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only evil before Me from their youth.” But the Lord gives them hope for restoration. He says He will bring them back and give them a new heart “and I will make an everlasting covenant with them; that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” This will be accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Later in the Story, Jesus will call His followers His sheep. And He will say that He “gives eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
The Lord speaks about Jesus, the Priest King, who is coming through the bloodline of King David, Judah’s kings. “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’“ Paul will tell us later in the Story that “Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34); “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
And that’s some good news! Keep reading.
(Jeremiah 32:1-33:26, Ezekiel 26:1-14)