Bible Pathways 08/23/04
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- 2004 Aug 23
Read Jeremiah 32 - 33
In Today's Reading:
Jeremiah imprisoned, then buys a field at Anathoth; return to Jerusalem promised; Christ, the Branch of Righteousness, promised
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 (Jeremiah 32:2). Yet, under such adverse circumstances when the destruction of the nation was imminent, the Lord told Jeremiah: Buy . . . the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans (32:25). Without hesitation Jeremiah paid for the land, took receipts, registered the purchase, then handed over the documents in the presence of many witnesses (32:9-12).
This business transaction would have seemed ridiculous to those who had heard Jeremiah's repeated warnings of approaching destruction and captivity. But, Jeremiah had also proclaimed that the people would be restored to the land, and this purchase of land was evidence of his faith that the Sovereign God would fulfill His Word.
Although Jeremiah could not see how God would accomplish this prophecy, his faith was in the unfailing Word of God, who also said: I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me? (32:27).
God gave Jeremiah a fresh assurance concerning the future of Israel by saying: I will gather them out of all countries, where I have driven them . . . and I will bring them again to this place . . . to dwell safely (32:37). How wonderful to know that, in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, we can rest assured that God is merciful and will protect and provide for the needs of His faithful servants. The Lord's invitation still is: Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things (33:3).
Our faith in the Word of God can be measured by the influence we allow it to have upon our conduct. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved (destroyed), what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (conduct) and godliness. . . . that you may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless (II Peter 3:10-14).
By Jeremiah who acted as a kinsman-redeemer by purchasing the land of his cousin Hanameel even though he was in prison (Jeremiah 32:6-14; see also Leviticus 25:25,49; Ruth 2:20; 3:12-13). Jesus is our Kinsman-Redeemer who purchased our freedom from sin, hell, and the grave with His own blood on Calvary (I Corinthians 6:20; Hebrews 13:12).
32:4 mouth to mouth = face to face; 32:10 evidence = deed; 32:44 subscribe evidences = sign deeds.
Pray for BP Staff: Ken Sharp · Government Officials: Rep. Timothy Johnson (IL) and Justice Anthony Kennedy · Country: Nicaragua (5 million) in Central America · Major languages: Spanish and English · Limited religious freedom · 95% Roman Catholic; 5% Protestant
Prayer Suggestion: Draw near to God in prayer with a true heart in assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22).
Optional Reading: I John 5
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 6:4