Jeremiah 32* Jeremiah buys a field. (1-15) The prophet's prayer. (16-25)God declares that he will give up his people, but promises torestore them. (26-44)1-15 Jeremiah, being in prison for his prophecy, purchased apiece of ground. This was to signify, that though Jerusalem wasbesieged, and the whole country likely to be laid waste, yet thetime would come, when houses, and fields, and vineyards, shouldbe again possessed. It concerns ministers to make it appear thatthey believe what they preach to others. And it is good tomanage even our worldly affairs in faith; to do common businesswith reference to the providence and promise of God. 16-25 Jeremiah adores the Lord and his infinite perfections.When at any time we are perplexed about the methods ofProvidence, it is good for us to look to first principles. Letus consider that God is the fountain of all being, power, andlife; that with him no difficulty is such as cannot be overcome;that he is a God of boundless mercy; that he is a God of strictjustice; and that he directs every thing for the best. Jeremiahowns that God was righteous in causing evil to come upon them.Whatever trouble we are in, personal or public, we may comfortourselves that the Lord sees it, and knows how to remedy it. Wemust not dispute God's will, but we may seek to know what itmeans. 26-44 God's answer discovers the purposes of his wrath againstthat generation of the Jews, and the purposes of his graceconcerning future generations. It is sin, and nothing else, thatruins them. The restoration of Judah and Jerusalem is promised.This people were now at length brought to despair. But God giveshope of mercy which he had in store for them hereafter.Doubtless the promises are sure to all believers. God will ownthem for his, and he will prove himself theirs. He will givethem a heart to fear him. All true Christians shall have adisposition to mutual love. Though they may have different viewsabout lesser things, they shall all be one in the great thingsof God; in their views of the evil of sin, and the low estate offallen man, the way of salvation through the Saviour, the natureof true holiness, the vanity of the world, and the importance ofeternal things. Whom God loves, he loves to the end. We have noreason to distrust God's faithfulness and constancy, but onlyour own hearts. He will settle them again in Canaan. Thesepromises shall surely be performed. Jeremiah's purchase was thepledge of many a purchase that should be made after thecaptivity; and those inheritances are but faint resemblances ofthe possessions in the heavenly Canaan, which are kept for allwho have God's fear in their hearts, and do not depart from him.Let us then bear up under our trials, assured we shall obtainall the good he has promised us.
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