Study of Jeremiah, Chapters 31-32 God Provides for Israel

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parenting

When we are blessed with being a parent, we are always looking out for our children.  We want the very best for them, and are eager to provide for them every step of the way.  There are many times in the life of child-rearing though, that our child steps in our way of providing for them, hindering our efforts.  It is not until they ‘allow’ us to provide that they receive the full benefit of our help, as we see when God provides for Israel.

Jeremiah 31:1-6Jeremiah 31:1-6
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31 1 At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. 3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. of...: Heb. from afar with lovingkindness...: have I extended lovingkindness unto thee 4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. tabrets: or, timbrels 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. eat...: Heb. profane them 6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.  

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1 “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.  2 This is what the LORD says:
“Those who survive the coming destruction
will find blessings even in the barren land,
for I will give rest to the people of Israel.”
3 Long ago the LORD said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
4 I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel.
You will again be happy
and dance merrily with your tambourines.
5 Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria
and eat from you own gardens there.
6 The day will come when watchmen will shout
from the hill country of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Jerusalem
to worship the LORD our God.'”
7 Now this is what the LORD says:
“Sing with joy for Israel.
Shout for the greatest of nations!
Shout out with praise and joy:
‘Save your people, O LORD,
the remnant of Israel!’
8 For I will bring them from the north
and from the distant corners of the earth.
I will not forget the blind and lame,
the expectant mothers and women in labor.
A great company will return!
9 Tears of joy will stream down their faces,
and I will lead them home with great care.
They will walk beside quiet streams
and on smooth paths where they will not stumble.
For I am Israel’s father,
and Ephraim is my oldest child.

The promise that God makes is not limited to Judah, but to all the people of Israel and those who have put their trust in Him.  He will restore their land and provide for them, as He has always wanted to do.  God’s love has always been unconditional towards His children, and remains true today.

In Malachi 3:6Malachi 3:6
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6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  

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, God tells us that He never changes!

The people will once again farm their land and have plenty to eat.  They will engage in praise and worship with joy in their hearts.  There will be a worldwide gathering with no exclusions.  Ephraim is used here to signify the 10 northern tribes of Israel.  ‘Oldest’ child, or ‘first-born‘ is used to represent rank and importance, not chronology.  [see Exodus 4:22Exodus 4:22
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22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:  

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; Psalm 89:27Psalm 89:27
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27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.  

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; Col 1:15Col 1:15
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15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  

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; Rev 1:5Rev 1:5
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5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  

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Jeremiah 31:10-14Jeremiah 31:10-14
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10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. 11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. 12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. 14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.  

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10 “Listen to this message from the LORD,
you nations of the world;
proclaim it in distant coastlands:
The LORD, who scattered his people,
will gather them and watch over them
as a shepherd does his flock.
11 For the LORD has redeemed Israel
from those too strong for them.
12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
They will be radiant because of the LORD’S good gifts –
the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil,
and the healthy flocks and herds.
Their life will be like a watered garden,
and all their sorrows will be gone.
13 They young women will dance for joy,
and the men – old and young – will join in the celebration.
I will turn their mourning into joy.
I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
14 The priests will enjoy abundance,
and my people will feast on my good gifts.
I, the LORD, have spoken!”

The LORD redeemed; ransomed Israel; He rescued Israel from danger and hardship.  This message was to be heard by all the nations of the world.  Israel would have an abundance of all things, and the results would influence the priest’s portions.

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 comforting our child

The love a parent has for his/her child is a tremendous love; unconditional.  No matter what our children do in life, no matter how awful a circumstance they may become involved in, we still have a deep, comforting love reserved for that child.  Most children will never understand this kind of love until they have a child of their own.

Jeremiah 31:15-30Jeremiah 31:15-30
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15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. 16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. 18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. 20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD. are...: Heb. sound 21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. 22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man. 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness. 24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks. 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. 26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. 27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD. 29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. 30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.  

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15 This is what the LORD says:
“A cry is heard in Ramah –
deep anguish and bitter weeping.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted –
for her children are gone.”
16 But now this is what the LORD says:
“Do not weep any longer,
for I will reward you,” says the LORD.
“Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy.
17 There is hope for your future,” says the LORD.
“Your children will come again to their own land.
18 I have heard Israel saying,
‘You disciplined me severely,
like a calf that needs training for the yoke.
Turn me again to you and restore me,
for you alone are the LORD my God.
19 I turned away from God,
but then I was sorry.
I kicked myself for my stupidity!
I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.’
20 “Is not Israel still my son,
my darling child?” says the LORD.
“I often have to punish him,
but I still love him.
That’s why I long for him
and surely will have mercy on him.
21 Set up road signs;
put up guideposts.
Mark well the path by which you came.
Come back again, my virgin Israel;
return to your towns here.
22 How long will you wander,
my wayward daughter?
For the LORD will cause something new to happen –
Israel will embrace her God.”

23 This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:  “When I bring them back from captivity, the people of Judah and its towns will again say, ‘The LORD bless you, O righteous home, O holy mountain!’  24 Townspeople and farmers and shepherds alike will live together in peace and happiness.  25 For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”
26 At this, I woke up and looked around.  My sleep had been very sweet.
27 “The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will greatly increase the human population and the number of animals here in Israel and Judah.  28 In the past I deliberately uprooted and tore down this nation. I overthrew it, destroyed it, and brought disaster upon it.  But in the future I will just as deliberately plant it and build it up.  I, the LORD, have spoken!
29 “The people will no longer quote this proverb:
‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste.’
30 All people will die for their own sins – those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.

Rachel was Jacob’s favorite wife.  She was also seen as the symbolic mother of the northern tribes.  Ramah is a point of deportation for the captives.  We begin this passage with Rachel at Ramah crying for the northern tribes who were taken captive by the Assyrians.  God tells her not to cry anymore.  He promises the return of the captives from the enemy; returning to their own land.
Israel was full of sin, but there would be a remnant that would turn to God by repenting of their sins, and God would forgive them.  God loves them unconditionally and regardless what they have done, once they turn back to Him and repent, He will forgive them.
God promises that Israel will again be built up and prosper.  People had tried to blame God’s punishment on their parent’s sins.  Even though our parent’s actions can have implications on our lives, we are still held accountable for our own actions.  To rationalize sin is avoidance.  Do you find yourself making excuses for, or trying to rationalize, a sinful nature?

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 plans

As a parent, we sort of make a ‘mental‘ plan for how our children should be raised, the ‘guidelines‘ per say, that we expect our children to follow while they are under our care.  As our children grow, we sometimes find that our plan has to be revised, or even replaced with a new, better plan that allows for total growth and maturity.

Jeremiah 31:31-40Jeremiah 31:31-40
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31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: although...: or, should I have continued an husband unto them? 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. 38 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. 39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath. 40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.  

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31 “The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.  32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt.  They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD.
33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD.  “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.  34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’  For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the LORD.  “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
35 It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day
and the moon and stars to light the night,
and who stirs the sea into roaring waves.
His name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,
and this is what he says:
36 “I am as likely to reject my people Israel
as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”
37 This is what the LORD says:
“Just as the heavens cannot be measured
and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored,
so I will not consider casting them away
for the evil they have done.
I, the LORD, have spoken!
38 “The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when all Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.  39 A measuring line will be stretched out over the hill of Gareb and across to Goah.  40 And the entire area – including the graveyard and ash dump in the valley, and all the fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the Horse Gate – will be holy to the LORD.  The city will never again be captured or destroyed.”

In the Old Covenant, the Ten Commandments and The Law were written on stone and given to the people.  [to read more on the differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant in simple format see: The Old Covenant and the New Covenant] Now, God is saying that He will make a New Covenant, one which He will write His law on every man’s heart.  Jesus allowed for us to be in-dwelled by the Holy Spirit, the advocate for Christ.  It is the Holy Spirit that places a conviction on our hearts and gives us the desire to obey God.  The Old Covenant was broken by the people.  God replaced it by the New Covenant and Jesus Christ was the foundation for this new covenant.  It offers a personal relationship with God to everyone, not just Israel and Judah.  The New Covenant is here today.  Do you have a personal relationship with God?
God has the power to do away with the laws of nature, and speaks of the likelihood of doing away with the laws of nature.  This is something that God wouldn’t do, no more than He would never reject His chosen people.
Lastly, the LORD speaks about a day that will come when Jerusalem will be rebuilt, never to be ‘captured or destroyed‘ again. We have not seen that day yet, but it is coming.

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 disagreements

How do others; family and friends, make you feel when you do something that they don’t agree with?  How do you feel when you know that what you are feeling led to do goes against every grain of earthly common sense?  Do you follow where you are being guided to go?  Or, do you stick with outside influences and advice, and forego the task?

Jeremiah 32:1-15Jeremiah 32:1-15
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32 1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. 2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house. 3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; 4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes; 5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper. 6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 7 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. 8 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. 9 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. seventeen...: or, seven shekels and ten pieces of silver 10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances. subscribed...: Heb. wrote in the book 11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open: 12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. 13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying, 14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. 15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.  

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1 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah.  This was also the eighteenth year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.  2 Jerusalem was then under siege from the Babylonian army, and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace.  3 King Zedekiah had put him there, asking why he kept giving this prophecy:  “This is what the LORD says:  ‘I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will take it.  4 King Zedekiah will be captured by the Babylonians and taken to meet the king of Babylon face to face.  5 He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, and I will deal with him there,’ says the LORD.  ‘If you fight against the Babylonians, you will never succeed.'”
6 At that time the LORD sent me a message.  He said, 7″Your cousin Hanamel son of Shallum will come and say to you, ‘But my field at Anathoth.  By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else.'”
8 Then, just as the LORD had said he would, my cousin Hanamel came and visited me in the prison.  He said, “Please buy my field at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.  By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else, so buy it for yourself.”  Then I knew that the message I had heard was from the LORD.
9 So I bought the field at Anathoth, paying Hanamel seventeen pieces of silver for it.  10 I signed and sealed the deed of purchase before witnesses, weighed out the silver, and paid him.  11 Then I took the sealed deed and an unsealed copy of the deed, which contained the terms and conditions of the purchase, 12 and I handed them to Baruch son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah.  I did all this in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, the witnesses who had signed the deed, and all the men of Judah who were there in the courtyard of the guardhouse.
13 Then I said to Baruch as they all listened, 14 “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:  ‘Take both this sealed deed and the unsealed copy, and put them into a pottery jar to preserve them for a long time.’  15 For this is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:  ‘Someday people will again own property here in this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields.'”

God had told Jeremiah to go and purchase a field outside Jerusalem that had been captured by the enemy.  This was a poor investment by Jeremiah as the soldiers were occupying the land.  Furthermore, Jeremiah was a prisoner in the palace.  But, through this action, Jeremiah was demonstrating his faith in the promise from God that He would bring His people back to and restore Jerusalem.  This wasn’t an easy task for Jeremiah, but He had faith.  Sometimes, God calls us to do something that we just can’t see ourselves doing.  We have to trust and have faith in God that He knows what He is doing.  If He calls us to take on a task in life, He will certainly give us the means to do it!

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 doubt

How many times have you done something, and then spend time wondering if you made a mistake?  Maybe you make a purchase at the store, and then question if it was the right product to buy.  Maybe you are involved in a conversation, make a statement, but once you get home you ponder what you said and if it was necessary.  You are not alone.  We all have those moments.  Even Jeremiah!

Jeremiah 32:16-25Jeremiah 32:16-25
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16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying, 17 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: too...: or, hid from thee 18 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, 19 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: work: Heb. doing 20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day; 21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror; 22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; 23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them: 24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it. mounts: or, engines of shot 25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. for the: or, though the  

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16 Then after I had given the papers to Baruch, I prayed to the LORD:
17 “O Sovereign LORD!  You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm.  Nothing is too hard for you!  18 You show unfailing love to thousands, but you also bring the consequences of one generation’s sin upon the next.  You are the great and powerful God, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.  19 You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles.  You see the conduct of all people, and you give them what they deserve.  20 You performed miraculous signs and wonders int eh land of Egypt – things still remembered to this day!  And you have continued to do great miracles in Israel and all around the world.  You have made your name famous to this day.
21 “You brought Israel out of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders, with a strong hand and powerful arm, and with overwhelming terror.  22 You gave the people of Israel this land that you had promised their ancestors long before – a land flowing with milk and honey.  23 Our ancestors came and conquered it and lived in it, but they refused to obey you or follow your word.  They have not done anything you commanded.  That is why you have sent this terrible disaster upon them.
24 “See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls!  Through war, famine, and disease, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, who will conquer it.  Everything has happened just as you said.  25 And yet, O Sovereign LORD, you have told me to buy the field – paying good money for it before these witnesses – even though the city will soon be handed over to the Babylonians.”

Once Jeremiah had purchased the field, he questioned whether or not it was a wise choice.  He went to prayer, seeking God’s reassurance.  He was having doubts.  Often, we are led by God to do something in our life that we are not sure of.  When we become doubtful, we can focus on what we do know:  God is the Creator, He is aware of our every thought and action, He is our Redeemer, Our Savior, and He loves us today and forever.  Through prayer, we will find our hearts quieted and filled with joy and peace, leaving no room for doubt, or fear.

Jeremiah 32:26-35Jeremiah 32:26-35
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26 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? 28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it: 29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger. 30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD. 31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face, a provocation...: Heb. for my anger 32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. back: Heb. neck 34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.  

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26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:  27 “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world.  Is anything too hard for me?  28 Therefore, this is what the LORD says:  I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it.  29 The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city.  They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods.  30 Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days.  They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the LORD.  31 “From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it.
32 “The sins of Israel and Judah -the sins of the people of Jerusalem, the kings, the officials, the priests, and the prophets – have stirred up my anger.  33 My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return.  Even though I diligently taught them, they would not receive instruction or obey.  34 They have set up their abominable idols right in my own Temple, defiling it.  35 They have built pagan shrines to Baal in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech.  I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing.  What an incredible evil, causing Judah to sin so greatly!

God answers Jeremiah by asking him if there is anything too hard, or difficult, for Him.  Jeremiah had doubted as to whether God was right in having him buy the field in Anathoth.  He knew that God was great and powerful, BUT, was God right in His decision regarding the purchase of the field.  Anytime there is a ‘BUT‘ we are doubting.  We begin to think we know better than God.  Outside influences begin to creep in and corrupt our thoughts.  God quickly reminds Jeremiah that He is the God of all the peoples of the world, which means He is looking out for every one of us!
God presents His judgment on Judah and Jerusalem for their continued worship of idols and Baal.  The discipline to be delivered will be severe.  They committed horrific sacrifices of children at Molech.  God is angered, and these acts cannot go unpunished.

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God's timing

There have often been times in my life that I have ended up in the most awkward of circumstances, ones that I would not ever picture myself being involved in.  Has that ever happened to you?  One thing that my Dad always told me was that no matter where I was, I should always make the best of my present situation.  God uses situations in our life to either teach us something, or to strengthen our faith.  Sometimes, we are placed into a situation to glean insight to another’s circumstances so that we may comfort them in their hour of need.  We just never know why we are where we are at any given time in our life.

Jeremiah 32:36-44Jeremiah 32:36-44
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: 39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: for ever: Heb. all days 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. from them: Heb. from after them 41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. assuredly: Heb. in truth, or, stability 42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. 43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. 44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD.  

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36 “Now I want to say something more about this city.  You have been saying, ‘It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.’  But this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:  37 I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury.  I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety.  38 They will be my people, and I will be their God.  39 And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.  40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them:  I will never stop doing good for them.  I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.  41 I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.
42 “This is what the LORD says:  Just as I have brought all these calamities on them, so I will do all the good I have promised them.  43 Fields will again be brought and sold in this land about which you now say, ‘It has been ravaged by the Babylonians, a desolate land where people and animals have all disappeared.’  44 Yes, fields will once again be bought and sold – deeds signed and sealed and witnessed – in the land of Benjamin and here in Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the hill country, in the foothills of Judah and in the Negev, to.  For someday I will restore prosperity to them. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

God has acknowledged to His people that He is angry with them, but even though He will scatter them across other countries, He will bring them back to their home country and promises peace and safety.  This entire passage is promises that God is giving to His people.  If the people would have repented of their sins and turned to God, they would never have had to endure the many years of captivity.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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