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June 2, 2019

Sermon: Buy Land

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Scripture Lesson

Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-10, 14-15; Romans 8:28

Jeremiah Buys a Field During the Siege

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him. Zedekiah had said, ‘Why do you prophesy and say: Thus says the Lord: I am going to give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.’ Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. 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 jar, in order 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.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Buy Land
Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-10, 14-15; Romans 8:28

I. Introduction: Baldo
II. Last Sunday in Miami
III. Jeremiah’s purchase (Jer. 32:1-15)
     A. The scene
         1. Jerusalem under siege (588 BC, 32:2)
         2. Where’s Jeremiah? (32:2)
     B. Hanamel’s ridiculous offer (32:8)
     C. Jeremiah bets on the future (32:9, 14)
     D. God is at work (32:15)
IV. God’s providence (Rom. 8:28)
     A. God’s working in all situations (8:28)
     B. Whose good? (8:28)
V. How should we respond?
     A. Buy land (bet on the future)
     B. Why?
         1. God is at work
         2. The future is good
VI. Conclusion: J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1955)


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