- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 32
Jeremiah bought a field during the siege.
The story in chapter 32 took place during the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah dated in 588BC, when Jeremiah was sieged in Jerusalem by the King and other official because of his prophesy to surrender to Babylonian army. (chapter 27).
Jeremiah bought back ancestral property during Babylonian invasion of the land. Baruch, Jeremiah’s secretary, acted as a witness to the transmitter of Jeremiah’s tradition.
Jeremiah’s purchasing the land was a symbolic act of confidence for the future of Judah. His confidence was expressed his collection of prophecy of hope and restoration (chapters 29-33).
Jeremiah prayed in the midst of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, after purchasing the land. His prayer was a formal prayer, praising God’s all-power, God’s all-knowing, and God’s wondrous deeds in Israel’s behalf, recollecting exodus story and divine disciplines in the wilderness. He discreetly questioned the wisdom of his purchasing the land in view of the circumstances.
God answered Jeremiah first, revealing God’s omnipotence, with indictment of sin of Israel— idolatry, human sacrifices, stubborn indifference to God’s warning, — and impending destruction in sword, pestilence and famine. Second, God answered Jeremiah with assurances of restoration, renewing the covenant. God would put the fear of God into their hearts. God would rejoice in treating them well and planting them in the land with all God’s heart and all God’s mind.
God who brought disaster upon Israel would also restore her also.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?