Jerusalem was under siege. The enemy was advancing upon Judah. People were fearful and living in a time of great uncertainty. Yet, right in the middle of what appeared to be a hopeless situation, God brought a message of hope. He gave a command to His prophet, Jeremiah, “Buy a field.” Unbeknown to the prophet, this command from God was tied to a future hope for His people.
Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 32:1a)
The Situation: Captivity was inevitable for the Israelites. The enemy was taking over the land and wreaking havoc on the children of Israel.
The Scene. Jerusalem was a place of uncertainty, fear, and panic. People were being scattered, businesses were closing, and a once prosperous site was becoming a desolate land.Tweet
During this era, Jeremiah had been thrown into prison for conveying the message God had given him to share.
Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah. (Jeremiah 32:2 NASB)
The Command: As Jeremiah sat in prison, God gave him instructions. “Buy a field.” Yet little did Jeremiah know; God’s directive revealed a message of hope for the people.Tweet
And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 7 ‘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.”’ 8 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. (Jeremiah 32:6-8 NASB)
The Message of Hope: From a moment of discipline (captivity) would arise a period of restoration for the captives. God revealed to Jeremiah that He would bring back His people and plant them in land of promise. Once again, the people would buy houses and fields and God would restore their fortunes.
Although things looked despairing and daunting, God was not finished. He was writing their story, with restoration and a new beginning in mind.
Today we are living in tumultuous times. The Situation: A virus that is sweeping our land. The Scene: Fear, sickness, loss and uncertainty. Yet just as God came to Jeremiah in the middle of a desperate situation, He is coming to us in the middle of ours.
His Command: We don’t have to fear. (Isaiah 41:10) ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
We must pray. (Philippians 4:6-7) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)
The Message of Hope: We have a Savior who sees us and is working even now on our behalf. He will never leave our side. (Hebrews 13:5) “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”
We have a Savior who promises to work all things together for good to those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Remember: No matter how bad our circumstances appear, God is still on His throne and in control. The Scene will never alter God’s message of hope!Tweet
Written by, O’Shea