From Lynda Lindsey
They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. Jeremiah 32:38-39
Jeremiah responding to the word of the Lord: So I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. ... For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land. Jeremiah 32:9-10;15
The word of the Lord: Once more fields will be bought in this land... Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, ...because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 32:43(a);44
God’s ways are definitely not our ways. Were we real estate investors looking to snap up prime property, Jerusalem, during Babylon’s brutal siege, would certainly not have been our first choice! And yet. And yet, even as the enemy’s siege ramps were being used to assault Jerusalem, God told Jeremiah to buy property there! Jeremiah obediently bought the land, paying the price with silver coin, and had the deed signed, sealed, and witnessed. Why? God, who invites us to call to Him for answers, who longs to tell us great and unsearchable things we don’t know, wanted to give His people a triumphant visual picture: Jerusalem would fall, but she would rise again by God’s divine plan.
God is, and always has been, in the restoration business. God would bring His people back from captivity and restore to them the years the locust had eaten. Houses, fields, vineyards would be purchased, restored, replanted. Peace and security, health and healing would come abundantly from God’s gracious hand. God would give His beloved people singleness of heart and action. Cleansed from sin and unrighteousness, once more the sounds of joy and gladness would be heard in the land; the jubilant voices of brides and bridegrooms would be heard in the once silent streets.
After the land had enjoyed its sabbath rests, during the seventy years of exile, God moved Cyrus, king of Persia, to allow the exiles to return to Jerusalem. Fields once more were bought; deeds were signed, sealed, and witnessed. The exile over, rebuilding began. That’s still God’s heart; God longs for us to return from our exile, our wandering in sin’s darkness. Turn to, or return to, Jesus, who not only paid the redemption price, but has already signed, sealed, and witnessed the deed. Enjoy His sabbath rest. Accept His restoration; let the rebuilding begin. Ask Him for singleness of heart and action...then listen anew for the sounds of joy and gladness that result!