The setting and timing of this event is as bleak as it gets. The Chaldeans are bearing down on the city of Jerusalem. They have been on a warpath conquering all of Judah, and the walled city of Jerusalem is one of the last holdouts. Jeremiah has been preaching to the people that the reason that the Chaldeans have come is because God is using them to bring punishment on the people for their faithlessness. Many wish to fight, Jeremiah is telling them to surrender, for this is God’s will.
Yet, as bleak as this time seems, there is a point of hope. Though the promised land is about to be totally overrun by the Chaldeans, God instructs Jeremiah to buy the field of his cousin. While this might seem contrary to common sense, God was using this purchase to make a statement.
Though Judah had sinned, though God was bringing catastrophic judgment on the people, God would also restore his people. Jeremiah’s purchase was a sign that the land would be restored to the people of Israel. They could not know this, but God would bring Cyrus to power in Persia to overthrow the Chaldeans, and would eventually send the exiles home. The field that Jeremiah bought would eventually be redeemed, as would all the land.
Yet, we must remember, that even that hope was a temporary one. Though there was repentance on the part of the people, a solution had to be had to atone for sin. God had that planned as well, for he would later send his son Jesus to do just that and to prepare a land that is permanent and unfading for his people. We have a great hope in Christ, dear friends; take courage. Even though things may look bleak, God, is, as he has always been and always will be, in control.