Summary: God has promised a return on your investment in His work.
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Pastor James May
Invest in God’s Promises
Jeremiah 32:6 And Jeremiah said, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah 32:7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
Jeremiah 32:8 So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
Jeremiah 32:9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.
Jeremiah 32:13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
Jeremiah 32:14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
Jeremiah 32:15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
Jeremiah 32:16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Throughout the Word of God, He has promised us so many blessings. A few weeks ago we examined the fact that most, if not all, of God’s promises are ours if we meet the condition that God requires for each one. Now I want to take the examination of God’s promises one step further.
In the previous chapters of Jeremiah, God is dealing with Jeremiah on behalf of the nation of Israel, especially the Southern Kingdom known as Judah. The people of Israel had provoked God to wrath and brought judgment upon their own heads in the form of an army of Chaldeans commanded by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Jeremiah came preaching to Zedekiah, King of Judah, that judgment was coming quickly but Zedekiah didn’t want to hear about judgment so he had Jeremiah cast into the palace prison. Zedekiah preferred to listen to the lying prophets instead of God’s words from Jeremiah.
Zedekiah was going to lose his kingdom. The Chaldeans would defeat Israel and many of the people of Judah would be killed or led into captivity in Babylon.
This was the future of Judah. Jeremiah knew it and there was nothing that he could do about it because the people wouldn’t hear his messages and here he was, in prison for preaching the truth.
At this moment, a most discouraging and inopportune time for Jeremiah, God spoke to him to buy some real estate. Hannameel, Jeremiah’s nephew, came to Jeremiah requesting for Jeremiah to redeem the field in Anathoth. Jeremiah was the nearest kinsman to the debtor and therefore had the right to redeem the field if he was willing and had the price to pay. Jeremiah agreed to the redemption of the field and paid seventeen shekels of silver as a price of its redemption.
We can all appreciate the predicament of Jeremiah but I must give honor to him for his great faith in adversity. I don’t think that I would be willing to purchase some real estate and pay a great price for it if I was convinced that the property I was buying would not belong to me for very long. Jeremiah knew that the Chaldeans were coming.
I know that many of us have felt as helpless to change the circumstances of our life and the environment in which we raise our families.