Mismanaged Managed: Jeremiah 32

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Jeremiah 32 is one of the most hopeful chapters of all of Jeremiah. In fact, chapter 32 and 33 are remarkably hopeful and they are in the middle of this book — the center of the Book of Jeremiah hinges on hope. Jeremiah, like many prophets, had to tell hard truth, usually comprised of God’s wrath, to people because they were outright sinning against God.

This chapter opens up with a siege on Jerusalem from King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The king of Judah, Zedekiah, has locked up the prophet Jeremiah because frankly Jeremiah is telling people that Israel will lose against the Chaldeans/ Babylonians. When King Z comes to Jeremiah to ask him why, Jeremiah shares something beautiful and hopeful:

Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.’ (Jeremiah 32:7 ESV)

Why is this important? It’s a sign that they will return to this land. You don’t buy property for something that isn’t yours or that you will never see again. God is reminding them that He gave them this land and it’s theirs.

The Prayer of Jeremiah

This is one of my most favorite prayers in the Bible. I love studying prayers because it’s truth and worship. The Holy Spirit in me bursts with excitement at reading and hearing prayers because He is saying, “That’s God! Yes! Rejoice!”

  •  You who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm!
    • Jeremiah speaks truth, puts God in his rightful place as all powerful creator.
  • Nothing is too hard for you.
    • I need this reminder everyday from God! He’s got it. I don’t need to control everything or handle anything, I just need to trust in the one who created and sustained it all.
  • You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them
    • Truth. His mercy and love extends so far, wide, and deep. His son Jesus is proof of that. He is also a just God. Love and justice are equal in His person.
  • O great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.
    • This is who He is! He is wise, mighty, omniscient, just, etc.
  • You have shown signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day. You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror. And you gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.
    • Jeremiah recalls God as savior. He took them out of slavery and brought them to their own land. God made a promised and he fulfilled it.
  • And they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them.
    • The prayer turns to the people of Israel and why this siege has come upon them. They did not obey. They did not remember God or act in anyway that shows the above words (God as creator, merciful, just, mighty) to be true in their hearts and in their life.
  • Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it. Yet you, O Lord GOD, have said to me, “Buy the field for money and get witnesses”—though the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.’” (Jeremiah 32:17-25 ESV)
    • Jeremiah, while knowing that the siege is happening and why, recognizes the hope that God has delivered them.

An Everlasting Covenant

Jeremiah 32:37-41 is one of the most quoted passages in all of Scripture. I could spend 10,000 words on it (don’t tempt me!), because it’s all about Jesus. It’s God as faithful protector and keeper, bringing Israel back to the land He promised them, choosing them as His People to reflect Him on earth, and it’s His promise of an everlasting covenant (JESUS!). The next chapter of Jeremiah is on the Davidic Covenant and that’s a whole lot of Jesus! Stay tuned.

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