Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions and the open copy. And I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. I charged cBaruch in their presence, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.’
Reflection. Context is everything. Jeremiah has been instructed by God to buy a field. The timing is interesting. The country is under the cosh, will lose the war and devastation will follow. God is telling the prophet, the King and his court, and the people, that this not the end. Good times will return.
How do we feel when things turn sour? Where do we look for reassurance and hope? Do we hear like Jeremiah, in effect, go and buy a field. To tell people that our hope is in the Lord God Almighty. As the song says, 'My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness'
Prayer. Lord Jesus, increase my faith that I might trust all the more in you. In Jesus's name. Amen