Rebuilding of Jerusalem
Verse 1 – The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
Verse 2 – For then 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.
Verse 3 – For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
Verse 4 – “and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face, and see him eye to eye;
Verse 5 – “then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him, “says the Lord; “though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed” ‘ ?
Jeremiah had tried to get Judah to surrender to Nebuchadnezzar, but they had rejected his message. Now as the Chaldeans approached, Zedekiah shut Jeremiah up in prison. When people turn their hearts toward evil, they will reject the truth that comes from God, that’s the way Judah had been for years. They tried to shut the message of Jeremiah up because they didn’t want to turn towards what was right and true, and there lies the bases of the truth: Rejection of the One True God, Jesus Christ, is why people end up where they end up, throughout all eternity.
Verse 6 – and Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 7 – ‘Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.” ‘
Verse 8 – “Then Hanameel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.
Hanameel was Jeremiah’s cousin and wanted Jeremiah to buy his land. According to Jewish law, the relative within a family had the first right to redeem property when someone fell on hard times. However, in the year of Jubilee, the land or property was returned to the original owner. Sound impossible? Not to God.
This symbolic act was to show the people that there would be a return from Babylon, that each family would re-enter on its former possessions, and that a man might safely purchase on the certainty of this event.
Verse 9 – “So I bought the field from Hanameel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money – seventeen shekels of silver.
Verse 10 – “And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witness, and weighed the money in the balances.
Verse 11 – “So I took the purchase deed, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open;
Verse 12 – “and gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanameel my uncle’s son and in the presence of the witness who signed the purchase deed, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison.
Verse 13 – “Then I charged Baruch before them, saying,
Verse 14 – ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.”
This kind of earthen vessel, is the same kind of jar that the Dead Sea Scrolls were sealed in.
Verse 15 – ‘For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.” ‘
Jeremiah’s purchase symbolized Israel’s future restoration to the land.
Verse 16 – “Now when I had delivered the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord saying:
Verse 17 – ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Verse 18 – ‘You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them the Great, the Might God, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
Verse 19 – ‘You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.
Verse 20 – ‘You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day, and in Israel and among other men; and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day.
Verse 21 – ‘You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a stretched hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror;
Verse 22 – ‘You have given them this land of which You swore to their fathers to give them – “a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Verse 23 – ‘And they came in and took possession of it, but they have not obeyed Your voice or walked in Your law. They have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore You have caused all this calamity to come upon them.
Verse 24 – ‘Look, the siege mounds! They have come to the city to take it; and the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword and famine and pestilence. What You have spoken has happened; there You see it!
Verse 25 – ‘And You have said to me, O Lord God, “Buy the field for money, and take witness”! – yet the city has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans.’ ”
Verse 26 – Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,
Verse 27 – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
Verse 28 – “Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it.
Verse 29 – ‘And the Chaldeans who fight against the city shall come and set fire to this city and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke Me to anger;
Verse 30 – ‘because the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only evil before Me from their youth. For the children of Israel have provoked Me only to anger with the work of their hands,’ says the Lord.
The children of Israel – the ten tribes. The work of their hands – they made idols to worship instead of the true God.
Verse 31 – ‘For this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My fury from the day that they built it, even to this day; so I will remove it from before My face
Verse 32 – ‘because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me to anger – they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Verse 33 – ‘And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.
All through Judah and Israel’s history, God had sent men to teach the people His ways. In America there is practically a house of God on every corner, so to speak. Some go their entire lives without setting foot in one of these churches to be taught the word of God. God said they turned their back to His teaching – ignored. As it was then, it is still true now – He’s waiting on repentance – turning away from wickedness to His ways, which are right and true.
Verse 34 – ‘But they set their abomination in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.
They set their idols up within the temple. Molech the king, and Baal the lord are different names of the sun-god. Molech is the sun as the mighty fire, which in passing through the sign of the Zodiac burns up its own children. We know and think this is horrendous, but is an abortion for the sake of convenience any different? God calls this practice an abomination.
Verse 35 – ‘And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (the garbage dump), to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’
Verse 36 – “Now therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence’:
Verse 37 – ‘Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger and My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.
Verse 38 – ‘They shall be My people, and I will be their God;
Verse 39 – ‘then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever for the good of them and their children after them.
Regardless of what some might think, God’s blessing is a profitable inheritance. They shall have one object of worship, and one way of salvation.
Contrary to the way the world thinks: There is One God; there is only One way of salvation, and that is through accepting Jesus Christ. Other gods that the thousand of different religions have set up for themselves, are nothing more than idols that cannot hear, talk, or breathe. They don’t answer prayers or give “good luck”, or make crops grow or bring blessings or protection, they are nothing. Only the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob can bring an eternity in heaven and give salvation.
Verse 40 – ‘And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.
When God places a new heart in someone, there is a miracle transformation that takes place. Our eyes are opened to the things of God; our outlook and perspective changes; how we feel towards the things of God and our desires will change to what He wants for our lives, He is our priority! Pleasing Him, not-self, becomes the main focus, and God does that for every true believer.
Verse 41 – ‘Yes I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.’
This new covenant is one of grace! We don’t deserve it, but yet He gave!
Verse 42 – “For thus says the Lord: ‘Just as I have brought all this calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised.
Verse 43 – ‘And fields will be bought in this land of which you say, “It is desolate, without man or beast; it has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans.”
Verse 44 – ‘Men will buy fields for money, sign deeds and seal them, and take witness, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the low-land, and in the cities of the South; for I will cause their captives to return,’ says the Lord.”
This was a sure sign that fields in Judah would once again belong to Hebrews int he future. This will include all the geographical areas in Israel, from Benjamin, where Jeremiah’s purchase was made, to Jerusalem and Judah, and all the way to the Negev.