- The Hope of a Return
- Babylon is attacking Jerusalem and they will overpower it within a year.
- Jeremiah is prophesying that Jerusalem is going to fall and the result of this is that he is in jail.
- Prophetic word that his cousin, Hanamel is going to come to Jeremiah and ask him to buy some land in Benjamin.
- This is an incredible ask because Jeremiah knows that Jerusalem is going to fall and Israel is going to be know more. The land he is asked to buy is now inhabited by Babylon. Seems like a waste.
- Hanamel shows up and Jeremiah knows that the prophesy was true so he buys the land and puts the deed in a jar.
- God states that it is a promise that Jerusalem is going to be wiped out, but God is going to restore them and once again he is going to allow the people of Israel to buy and sell in the land.
- Jeremiah records one of his prayers in verse 17 – 25 Looking at the last two verses. “See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls…The Babylonians will conquer it…and yet O Sovereign Lord, you have told me to buy the field–paying good money for it before these witnesses even though the city will soon be handed over to the Babylonians.
Anyone ever struggle with the promises of God in their lives and his ability to accomplish everything he states he will be able to do?
As a reminder, Jeremiah was to think of his jar that is buried as a sign that this promise is going to come to pass.
2. The glory of God.
Genesis 1: 3 Let there be light.
Light needs a luminary to be able to shine.
Sun and stars not created until day 4 so where did the light come from?
Revealed presence of God Himself.
Talmud = Darkness – state of fallen man who is lost in his sin unable to see the light because we are blinded by this material world.
When man sinned, he lost this revealed presence of God.
PROMISE: Isaiah 60: 1, 2 glory of the Lord rises on you and shines in the midst of this darkness.
There is a hope that this glory will return to us and we will see it again.
3. Jesus the Light
Genesis 1: 3 Light was good, Moral Goodness so it is talking about a Messiah.
John 1: 1a, 4 In the Beginning… The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.
The light that invaded the darkness in creation has once again invaded the darkness of our world and lives.
2 Corinthians 4:6 for God who said “Let there be light In the darkness” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
4. Babylon and The Light
Babylon is compared to everything that is antichrist. Just as they covered the land of Israel to destroy it (a deep darkness covers the earth). There is a hope given to Jeremiah. I am going to restore you to this land
- One heart to worship God forever 39
- Live in peace and safety 37
- God will give us a heart that desires to serve God forever. 40
- I WILL RESTORE ISRAEL
How do we know this is going to happen? Jeremiah buy some land and put it in a pot as a sign of remembrance that I am going to do what I promised.
5. Our Remembrance
Jesus at communion said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
The glory that you are experiencing is just a small taste of what is in front of you.
There is a darkness that blinds us to the light, but the light is in our hearts and we can know God.
This bread and this cup are our pots bought and buried as a sign that we will live with God forever.