Jeremiah, the prophet of approaching judgment, redeems a family field! There is a future for us! You don’t buy land if there is no future. The deeds are sent to the safekeeping of the exiles through faithful Baruch. Consider the Lord’s question in verse 27, and His further assurance of redemption in the midst of devastation. Here is LIGHT for every black time.
It can be hard for us to remember/imagine sometimes what it was like for Jeremiah. His was an interesting life, a road with many difficulties and frustrations.
He was a preacher, who spoke God’s word to the King, to the nobility and the commoner. And his message, God’s message, fell on mostly deaf ears.
Back in ch 29 God has commanded the people, through Jeremiah, to seek the benefit of the city they will be exiled to.
And here God shows the depths of His plans, and of His love.
While they were to do good in exile, their exile was not to be forever.
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”
It’s interesting that back in the first set of OT readings, today’s reading is from 1 Kings 21 where Ahab and Jezebel conduct a wicked business in the murder of Naboth for his vineyard (that Ahab longed for, coveted).
How good is God’s promise to us, the hope we have in glory, in the new heavens and the new earth, our inheritance not made of gold or silver – That nobody can take it from us! It is the most important family heritage!
* Father God,
Thank You for giving us, undeserved, an inheritance in Your kingdom.
Thank You for saving us.
You are God above, and there is none beside You. We are safe in Your arms.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!