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First Reading: Jeremiah Chapter 32 and 33
32:1 Jeremiah Buys a Field
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah
king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 For then the
king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut
up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house. 3 For
Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, "Why do you prophesy and
say, 'Thus says the LORD:"Behold, I will give this city into the hand of
the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; 4 and Zedekiah king of Judah shall
not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into
the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face, and
see him eye to eye; 5 then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall
be until I visit him," says the LORD;"though you fight with the Chaldeans,
you shall not succeed"'?"
6 And Jeremiah said, "The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7'Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, "Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it."' 8 Then Hanamel my uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said to me, 'Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD. 9 So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money seventeen shekels of silver. 10 And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. 11 So I took the purchase deed, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open; 12 and I gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the purchase deed, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison.
13 "Then I charged Baruch before them, saying, 14'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days." 15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land."'
16 Jeremiah Prays for Understanding
"Now when I had delivered the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah,
I prayed to the LORD, saying: 17'Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens
and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too
hard for You. 18 You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity
of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them the Great,
the Mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts. 19 You are great in counsel
and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men,
to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.
20 You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day, and in
Israel and among other men; and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this
day. 21 You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs
and wonders, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror;
22 You have given them this land, of which You swore to their fathers to give
them "a land flowing with milk and honey." 23 And they came
in and took possession of it, but they have not obeyed Your voice or walked
in Your law. They have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore
You have caused all this calamity to come upon them.
24'Look, the siege mounds! They have come to the city to take it; and the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword and famine and pestilence. What You have spoken has happened; there You see it! 25 And You have said to me, O Lord GOD, "Buy the field for money, and take witnesses"! yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'"
26 God's Assurance of the People's Return
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 "Behold, I am the
LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? 28 Therefore
thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans,
into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it. 29 And
the Chaldeans who fight against this city shall come and set fire to this city
and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal
and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke Me to anger; 30 because
the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only evil before
Me from their youth. For the children of Israel have provoked Me only to anger
with the work of their hands,' says the LORD. 31'For this city has been to Me
a provocation of My anger and My fury from the day that they built it, even
to this day; so I will remove it from before My face 32 because of all the evil
of the children of Israel and the children of Judah, which they have done to
provoke Me to anger they, their kings, their princes, their priests,
their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 And they
have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up
early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.
34 But they set their abominations in the house which is called by My name,
to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley
of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through
the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind
that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.'
36 "Now therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, 'It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. 38 They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. 41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.'
42 "For thus says the LORD:'Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them. 43 And fields will be bought in this land of which you say, "It is desolate, without man or beast; it has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans." 44 Men will buy fields for money, sign deeds and seal them, and take witnesses, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South; for I will cause their captives to return,' says the LORD."
33:1 Excellence of the Restored Nation
Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was
still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, 2 "Thus says the LORD
who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it(the LORD is His name): 3'Call
to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you
do not know.'
4 "For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the sword: 5'They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but only to fill their places with the dead bodies of men whom I will slay in My anger and My fury, all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city. 6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. 7 And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. 8 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. 9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.'
10 "Thus says the LORD: 'Again there shall be heard in this place of which you say, "It is desolate, without man and without beast" in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say:
"Praise the LORD of hosts,For the LORD is good,For His mercy endures forever"
and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,' says the LORD.
12 "Thus says the LORD of hosts:'In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,' says the LORD.
14'Behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, 'that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
15'In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to DavidA Branch of righteousness;He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved,And Jerusalem will dwell safely.And this is the name by which she will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'
17 "For thus says the LORD: 'David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.'"
19 The Permanence of God's Covenant
And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 20 "Thus says the LORD:
'If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so
that there will not be day and night in their season, 21 then My covenant may
also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign
on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. 22 As the host
of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply
the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.'"
23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 "Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, 'The two families which the LORD has chosen, He has also cast them off'? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them.
25 "Thus says the LORD: 'If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, 26 then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.'"
1 Peter 3
3:1 Submission to Husbands
Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not
obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,
2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your
adornment be merely outward arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting
on fine apparel 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with
the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious
in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who
trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you
do good and are not afraid with any terror.
7 A Word to Husbands
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the
wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life,
that your prayers may not be hindered.
8 Called to Blessing
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love
as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or
reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called
to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For
"He who would love life And see good days,Let him refrain his tongue from evil,And his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,And His ears are open to their prayers;But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil."
13 Suffering for Right and Wrong
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And
do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." 15 But sanctify the
Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who
asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having
a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile
your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the
will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 Christ's Suffering and Ours
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us baptism(not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.Bible Background
SUPER HEROES OF THE BIBLE
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Jeremiah lived in a troubled time when the King of Babylon threatened and finally took captive the city of Jerusalem. Jeremiah lived in Anathoth, about 2 miles north of Jerusalem. He was probably about 20 when he first received the call from God to be a prophet and prophesied for a period of 40 years. It was a thankless job. Even though Jeremiah constantly warned the kings and the people that unless they repented they would be taken captive or destroyed, they did not listen. For his effort, Jeremiah was fastened in stocks in prison, and when a remnant fled to Egypt, they took Jeremiah with them.
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