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Jeremiah 32

Jer 32:1

Jer 32: "Only a few months remain for Jerusalem before the thunder of the Babylonian cavalry will be heard, and the crash of falling bricks will signal the commencement of the captivity. Most of the inhabitants had resigned themselves to their fate, and expressed anger against Jeremiah because of his constant prophecies and warnings. The events of this chapter follow those of Jer 37:21. Jeremiah had sought his liberty. The king Zedekiah had taken him from out of the dungeon, but had imprisoned him in the course of the palace prison-house, not so severe a restraint. Then occurred a most unusual incident, which demonstrated Jeremiah's hope beyond the captivity of Babylon! He purchased the field of Hanameel (vv 6-12), in spite of his own words that Jerusalem would pass into the house of the oppressing Gentile. He sought an inheritance in Yahweh's land -- a realization that yet remains for a future time. Jeremiah witnessed for the future (vv 13-15), he prayed for further enlightenment (vv 16-25). Yahweh replied, 'Behold the severity' (vv 26-35), and spoke concerning: 'Behold the goodness' (vv 36-44). Despite terrible sins, gross ingratitude, shocking perversion of Truth, Yahweh remembers His covenant and will restore His people -- a fact that permits every son and daughter of Yahweh to take comfort in their shortcomings, to seek His mercy and to trust in His promises" (GEM).

Jer 32:7

AS NEAREST RELATIVE: Jeremiah's older brother Azariah (1Ch 6:13,14) must have died by this time.

Jer 32:11

SEALED COPY... UNSEALED COPY: One for public, and one for private use.

Jer 32:12

BARUCH: A friend of Jeremiah (Jer 36:26), who wrote (Jer 36:1-8) and read (Jer 36:10) Jeremiah's prophecy; he was taken to Egypt with Jeremiah (Jer 43:1-7).

Jer 32:17

"At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when the sword, famine and pestilence had desolated the land, Jeremiah was commanded by God to purchase a field, and have the deed of transfer legally sealed and witnessed. This was a strange purchase for a rational man to make. Prudence could not justify it, for it was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing could ever enjoy the possession. But it was enough for Jeremiah that his God had bidden him, for well he knew that God will be justified of all His children... This gave a majesty to the early saints, that they dared to do at God's command things which carnal reason would condemn. Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land, an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams' horns, they all act upon God's command, contrary to the dictates of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith. Would to God we had in the religion of these modern times a more potent infusion of this heroic faith in God. If we would venture more upon the naked promise of God, we should enter a world of wonders to which as yet we are strangers. Let Jeremiah's place of confidence be ours -- nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and the earth" (CHS).

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