Jeremiah 32-33, 2 Timothy 4
15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
Be ready in season and out of season
39I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.
41I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
I noted this same verse. That a holy God can be so filled with love to do good to rebellious sinners and plant them by himself with all divine heart and soul is mind-boggling.
This is an interesting dialogue in Jeremiah…”I knew this was the Word of the Lord…” Jeremiah buys a field, in obedience, and THEN the siege ramps come up and the Chaldeans (Babylonians) come to burn the houses. God reminds Jeremiah of His promise to wipe out—and then restore—the land. But it wasn’t free, Jeremiah could’ve held onto his savings and made sure he was well taken care of in exile. It’s unlikely he’d be the one to return 70 years later and claim ownership of that land. So was it wasted?
I almost see it as a deposit of belief—taking a physical action to invest, by faith, in the Lord’s promise—as a lesson to those around him (and us!) to not take God’s Word lightly, even in the face of opposition. Over and over He promises to restore, to heal, to rebuild, to cleanse, to fulfill promises. Jeremiah believed and put a down payment on it! He was mocked as a prophet and saw the destruction of his homeland due to sin that he warned them to turn from—yet he still invested in the promises of God. Pretty strong lesson for me today! Lean not on your own understanding or what you can physically see as the fulfillment of His promises—if we call to Him, He promises to ANSWER, and He will show us great and incomprehensible things we do not know.
I love your commentary on this. What a neat way to look at it – Jeremiah is carrying out his faith and trust in God by “investing” literally in Gods promises.
Praying that God would give me the ability to have that kind of faith in all areas – big and small – of my life.
Glory to God!!!
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