Monday, July 14, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 73 Saturday

Jeremiah chapter 32

God gave a message to Jeremiah in King Zedekiah's 10th year of reign. This was the year that Nebuchadnezzar sent his army to besiege Jerusalem because of Zedekiah's refusal to pay tribute money to Babylon. Jeremiah was shut up in the court of the prison within the palace. Jeremiah was to take part in a real estate transaction even though he had prophesied captivity! It didn't make sense to Jeremiah, but he obeyed!

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? verse 27

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Jeremiah that his cousin Hanameel would come to Jeremiah to sell him the family inheritance located in Anathoth. Jeremiah was told to buy it.

Does God make any promises?

  • Jeremiah made sure that the evidence of his land purchase was securely recorded and stored because God promised that houses, fields, and vineyards would be possessed in Judah again.
  • In spite of the command to Jeremiah to buy land, God still promised that the Jews would be taken captive by the Chaldeans.
  • God promised to call His people out of every land and bring them again into the land that He called them to possess.
  • God promised that the Jews would one day own the land once more even though they were shortly going to be removed from it and taken to Babylon.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God promised that the people to whom He promised the land would one day inherit it. The earth was also created for and promised to God's people. (This originally meant every person that would ever live, but sin separated people from their Creator so now God's people are those who have experienced the new creation so that they are separated from Him no more). One day the earth itself will be renewed and inhabited once again by God's people, all those redeemed from the captivity of sin. (The meek shall inherit the earth. See Matthew 5:5)

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