FIELD PURCHASED – INHERITANCE SECURED! - Jeremiah 32:6-27

13th of the 2nd month 2015/2016

Shabbat Shalom,

Mattithyahu/Matthew 13:44-46 “Again, the reign of the heavens is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man having found it, hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the reign of the heavens is like a man, a merchant, seeking fine pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

יהושע Messiah was speaking in powerful parables as He was teaching many great lessons on the reign of the heavens.

The Greek word for ‘parable’ is παραβολή parabolē  - Strong’s G3850 which means, a placing beside, comparison, parable, proverb, symbol, type. This Greek word is used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of Tanak) for the Hebrew word for ‘proverbs’ – מִשְׁלֵיMishlĕ, which comes from the root noun מָשָׁל mashal – Strong’s H4912 and means, a proverb, parable, a byword’, which in its primitive root form means, to compare, to represent, be like, and comes from the root verb מָשַׁל mashal – Strong’s H4911 which means, to use a proverb, speak in parables or sentences of poetry’. That is why we understand the words of Messiah when He spoke in parables by using terms such as, “The reign of the heavens is like…”, or, “The reign of the heavens shall be compared to…”.

A ‘parable’ actually presents the truth very clearly by putting a fresh light on the matter, as it is often presented in a ‘story’ format that represents the message being given, using imagery known to the hearer, in order to illustrate and shed light on the result of past, current and even future events as determined by choices that are made.

Parables can only be understood by the attentive hearer and doer of the Word, while those who do not hear, in order to do, are never able to fully understand the teachings of or Master! Here in these two very short parables we are able to learn a great deal about finding the true treasure of the reign of the heavens and counting the cost of a provided entrance into that reign that is coming.

The Greek word used in the LXX (Septuagint) for ‘found’ is εὑρίσκω heuriskō – Strong’s G2147 which means, to find, get, obtain, learn, discover, understand, and we see this word used in:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. 8  “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

So many ‘wannabe-believers’ are not willing to ‘seek and find’ the great pearls of wisdom in the Word of Elohim, and when wisdom is brought forth by another, the lazy and ignorant usually pass off the one bringing the message of great Truth as being puffed up with too much knowledge. יהוה tells us that His people are perishing for lack of knowledge, and this is because they are not seeking His knowledge, and will therefore never find it, although they erroneously claim to have found the truth as they hold fast to ear tickling teachings of man that are taught as commands while they do not even know what the word of Elohim actually says! To those who find His words because they are earnestly seeking Him, they will be life and healing to them! What we take note of here is that this parable of the reign of the heavens being described as one pearl of great price being found, speaks of the actual “finding of the entrance to the Reign”, as we take careful note of the description of the New Yerushalayim as described in Ḥazon/Revelation, where we are told that it has 12 gates and each gate is a giant single pearl, upon which the names of the 12 tribes of Yisra’ĕl are written!

The pearl of great price – is a clear parable lesson about seeking the Truth and finding it, which causes the true and earnest seeker to sell all he has in order to secure the pearl, and in so doing they are securing entrance into the set-apart place of the Most High, as they work out their deliverance and redemption with fear and trembling! This is a lesson on counting the cost and knowing that the gift of life, that is the right of entrance into His eternal presence, will cost you your all, and because He gave His all, He has freely given us access to His gates; and as Ḥazon tells us – it is not all who shall have access but rather:

Ḥazon/Revelation 22:14Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city.

Those doing His commands are given access through the ‘pearl’ gates of the set-apart city, while outside are the idolaters, whores, murders and those who love falsehood! Our right of entrance has been purchased by the Blood of Messiah, and therefore the gift of entrance is available to all who are cleansed in His Blood and stay in Him, by walking in and guarding to do all His commands!

In many of His parables Messiah made it clear that the ‘field’ is the world, and through His blood He has purchased that field, so that when He returns, all who are in Him shall enter in to their promised inheritance!

In a message tonight called, ‘FIELD PURCHASED – INHERITANCE SECURED!’, I want us to recognise the precious gift of inheritance that the Blood of Messiah has bought for us, as well as our need to count the cost of that purchase and give our all, as we hold firm the promise of our inheritance with great love and obedience, ensuring that there is nothing that hinders our walk and possession of His sure promises! Tonight I want us to look at the instructions given to Yirmeyahu and the obedience of his actions to the clear instructions given to Him by Elohim, which both shadow picture the redemptive work and sure promise of Messiah as well as our need to hold firm the sure calling we have in our Master and Kinsman Redeemer!  Please turn with me to Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 32:6-27 (Read).

In this chapter we see a very powerful event taking place at a time that may not have made much sense to many, yet in this we see the very powerful shadow picture of the redeeming work of Messiah being actively lived out through a living parable! We must consider the timing of these events in order to gain a fuller understanding as to what was being asked and what was being promised through the complete action of obedience!

This was in the 10th year of Tsiḏqiyahu and the 18th year of Neḇuḵaḏretstsar! The armies of the sovereign of Baḇel had surrounded Yerushalayim and Yirmeyahu had been shut up in the court of the guard for prophesying that Yerushalayim was going to be given into the hand of Neḇuḵaḏretstsar. This was a year before this would happen! All did not look too good for Yehuḏah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Under the severe and real threat of being taken, Yirmeyahu is asked to do something that may not have seemed appropriate or feasible, given the clear prophesy that he had given! 

And here in verse 6 we see that Yirmeyahu makes it clear that the Word of יהוה had come to him and told him that his cousin was going to come to him and tell him to buy the field which is in Anathoth! יהוה told him that Ḥaname’ěl the son of Shallum his uncle was coming to him to tell him to redeem the field in Anathoth!

חֲנַמְאֵל Ḥaname’ěl – Strong’s H2601 means, El is gracious, El favours, El has favoured, and שַׁלּוּם Shallum – Strong’s H7967 means, retribution, recompense. עֲנָתוֹת Anathoth –Strong’s H6068 means,answers to prayer. With the meaning of these names and this location of this field we are able to see a very powerful message that comes through the Word of יהוה, and that is that with Elohim, who favours, there is retribution and recompense in a clear answer to prayer.

Retribution can have the meaning of ‘the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment’, and we see that the gracious Elohim who hears our prayers, answers our prayers and shall dispense both the reward for obedience as well as the punishment for disobedience!  Yehuḏah was about to go into 70 years of captivity for being disobedient and not letting the land have its Sabbath rests, and in the midst of this very trying time, there is a sure promise and hope that is given to the prayers for the righteous ones, as this promise is expressed practically through the actions of Yirmeyahu. Yirmeyahu would be told to ‘buy’ the field, and the Hebrew word translated as ‘buy’ is קְנָא qena – Strong’s H7066 which means, to acquire, buy, purchase, and corresponds to the word קָנָה qanah – Strong’s H7069 which means, to acquire, buy, purchase, get, recover’. We see this word being used in:

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth and do not sell it – Wisdom and discipline and understanding.

The instruction is clear – get wisdom! And what we must recognise here is that it will cost you!

Messiah has paid the cost for our deliverance, yet we must count the cost of following hard after Him and seeking Him with all our heart!

This was indeed a clear picture of ‘faith in action’!!! It was not enough for Yirmeyahu to simply be teaching and proclaiming the Truth – he had to live it out and let his faith/belief be clearly seen in his actions. Picture the scene for a moment: here you have Yirmeyahu who was clearly being a faithful prophet of Elohim and while he continually warned the people of the wrath of Elohim, they rejected his words and locked him up. Now this same prophet who was proclaiming a captivity that was about to happen went and bought a field! For many this would have seemed strange as he was telling everyone that they were about to be exiled for 70 years and here Yirmeyahu was buying a field as his right for redemption to do so was validated by his cousin. Think about it for a moment – would Yirmeyahu live another 70 years? What good would the field be to him? Yet with this clear action of obedience to the Word of Elohim, we see a practical parable being displayed in action! His actions certainly got the attention of the people, and in a manner of speaking he ‘put his money where his mouth was’!!! יהוה spoke and He confirmed His Word through Ḥaname’ěl! His Word is confirmed to us by His favour, or better put – His favour is confirmed to us by His Living Word!!!

Dawiḏ says in:

Tehillah/Psalm 119:58 “I have sought Your face with all my heart; show me favour according to Your word.

In verse 8 Yirmeyahu says, ‘… And I knew that this was the Word of יהוה.

Once again picture the scene: this courageous prophet who had been locked up may have had some doubts about hearing from יהוה, especially as it wouldn’t have made any sense to buy a field in a land that was about to be taken away by foreigners. By birthright Yirmeyahu was eligible to perform the duty of kinsman redeemer, and so he does what he is asked, having been assured and confident that this was indeed the Word of יהוה. Yirmeyahu was strengthened by the Word of יהוה and proceeded with great confidence, even when it may have looked like a hopeless situation! The actions here of Yirmeyahu can speak many valuable lessons to us indeed, especially as we consider that we too must act in obedient faith to His Word, even in what may seem to be the most hopeless of situations! Never let circumstances deter you from doing what the Word so clearly instructs and is confirmed in the hearing of the Truth that brings faith/belief! What we are also able to recognise here is a classic shadow picture of our Kinsman Redeemer, יהושע Messiah, who came in the flesh in order to become our legitimate Kinsman Redeemer who legally has the right to redeem the field – that is the world! In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, who is the likeness of the invisible Elohim, the first-born of all creation and legal Redeemer!

Yirmeyahu bought the field for 17 sheqels of silver, signed the deed and sealed it!

This purchase of the field as the right of redemption in the face of exile and destruction teaches us the power of the great work of redemption that our Master came and brought us when He came in the flesh in order to redeem us from the corruption and wickedness of sin, with the sure promise that our inheritance waits for us and has been sealed by His Blood! In verse 7 the Hebrew word for redemption is גְּאֻלָּה  geullah – Strong’s H1353 and simply means, ‘redemption, right of redemption, redemption rights’ and is the passive participle of the primitive root word גָּאַל ga’al – Strong’s H1350 meaning, ‘to redeem, act as kinsman, avenge, buy back, claim, redeemer, avenger of blood,  rescue’. This word is also used to refer to our Redeemer in the form גֹּאֲלִי  ga’ali meaning, ‘my Redeemer’ as in:

Iyoḇ/Job 19:25For I know that my Redeemer lives, and as the Last shall rise over the dust

In Tehillah/Psalm 103 Dawiḏ reminds us not to forget the dealings of יהוה – as He has Redeemed our life from destruction!

The deed was signed and sealed! The Hebrew word used here for ‘sealed’ is the primitive root verb חָתַם ḥatham – Strong’s H2856 which means, to seal, affix a seal, seal up, and it is from this root that we get the Hebrew noun for ‘seal’, which is חֹתָם ḥotham – Strong’s H2368 which means, a seal, signet ring. Why I mention this is that we can be reminded that the names of the 12 tribes of Yisra’ĕl were to be engraved on the shoham stones of the High Priest’s garments, like the engraving of a signet - חֹתָם ḥotham! The Greek word used here in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak – O.T.) of this verse in Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 32:10 for ‘sealed’ is σφραγίζω sphragizō – Strong’s H4972 which means, to seal, put a seal on, set, and we gain a better understanding of what these actions of Yirmeyahu shadow picture for us when recognising the work of redemption that our Master has done for us and the price His blood has paid for us to have the seal of our inheritance secured in Him!

Here are a couple of verses where we can find this word and get a better picture in terms of what we are reading tonight:

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 1:13-14 “in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Good News of your deliverance, in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Set-apart Spirit of promise, 14 who is the pledge of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His esteem.

In Sha’ul’s introduction to the believers in Ephesos he was making clear that we not only have through יהושע Messiah, redemption and forgiveness, but that we have also been sealed with the Set-Apart Spirit of promise, who is the pledge of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession is fulfilled at His second coming!!!

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Set-apart Spirit of Elohim, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

Yirmeyahu, after having signed and sealed the deed of purchase for the field, went and gave it to Baruḵ son of Neriyyah, son of Maḥsĕyah, in the presence of his cousin and many witnesses who too had signed the deed of purchase before all the officials who sat in the court of the guard where Yirmeyahu was being held prisoner!

Baruḵ - בָּרוּךְStrong’s H1263 means,blessed, and he was the son of נֵרִיָּה Neriyyah – Strong’s H5374 which means, lamp of Yah, which was the son of מַחְסֵיָה Maḥsĕyah – Strong’s H4271 which means, Yah is a refuge, Yah is a shelter.

These names carry a very powerful message for us too, as we consider how Baruḵ was a faithful scribe to Yirmeyahu, as we see by their names the clear message that: ‘BLESSED IS THE LAMP OF YAH, FOR YAH IS A REFUGE’. We are clearly told in Scripture that the Name of יהוה is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and are safe (Mishlĕ/Proverbs 18:10).

In Ḥazon/Revelation we are clearly told that the Lamb, which is יהושע Messiah, is the Lamp, and it is in Him that we are sealed and find our shelter and refuge in times of distress, having the full assurance that our redemption draws near!

Yirmeyahu commanded Baruḵ, according to the Word of יהוה of Hosts, to take both deeds – the sealed one and the open one – and put them in an earthen vessel, so that they remain many days!!! Many days indeed – at least another 71 years as this was 1 year before the exile would take place!

In this clear instruction we are once again given some very powerful pictures indeed! With the two copies of the deed being placed in an earthen vessel we are able to see a picture of the two tablets of stone that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant, which in turn clearly pictures for us the clear words of His Covenant being placed upon our hearts and sealed with His Spirit! One sealed and one open also teaches us that while His word is sealed and is secured in the Master, it is not hidden from us, but it is on our hearts and in our mouths to do it, for He has revealed His Word to us through the life, death and resurrection of Messiah, our Kinsman Redeemer!

We are the earthen vessels upon which He has set His seal and entrusted us with His Word, for many days! Days that we are to endure and hold firm our calling and inheritance in the Master!

Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 4:6-10For Elohim, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts for the enlightening of the knowledge of the esteem of Elohim in the face of יהושע Messiah. 7 And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power might be of Elohim, and not of us – 8 being hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; being perplexed, but not in despair; 9 being persecuted, but not forsaken; being thrown down, but not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the dying of the Master יהושע, that the life of יהושע might also be manifested in our body.

This treasure is our title deed to our inheritance in His land – that is the earth and everything in it, for it belongs to Him and He has redeemed it by His Blood, and the assurance we have in Him is that the meek shall inherit the earth – an inheritance that awaits the faithful set-apart ones who endure until the end! We are the very earthen vessels in which He has placed His Words, which must remain for many days and be preserved in righteousness! Under the right conditions, documents can be kept in earthen vessels for a very long time, as the dead sea scrolls that were found are a testimony of this fact, teaching us that we too have this treasure of His promises in earthen vessels!

What I found very interesting is that the Greek word used here for ‘treasure’ is θησαυρός thēsauros – Strong’s G2344 which means, treasure, storehouse, magazine, repository, and refers to, the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up. The English word ‘thesaurus’, in general use, is a reference work that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning (containing synonyms and sometimes antonyms). The main purpose of such reference works is to help the user “to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed”.

Do you see what treasure we have been given – it is not just some random words, but the very living Words of our Master that He has put in us, in helping us ‘find’ the proper words and actions that can be most fitly applied to every situation!

He has put His thesaurus in us, so to speak!!! His Word is so powerful that it enables us to rightly divide and discern the Truth so that we can behave and live as true set-apart ones in complete righteousness, even whilst we are in exile and are faithfully enduring, looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Saviour יהושע Messiah!

 

יהוה made it very clear to Yirmeyahu that houses and fields would once again be bought in this land, and this was the sure sign that He was giving to them, through the obedient actions of this courageous prophet who was imprisoned in the court guard and facing exile!

After having signed, sealed and delivered the documents to Baruḵ, Yirmeyahu prayed to יהוה, and began his prayer by focusing on the incomparable greatness and excellency of יהוה, declaring that nothing is too hard for יהוה! He proclaims great and mighty are the works of יהוה of Hosts, who by His great power and outstretched arm He made the heavens and earth, and shows loving-commitment to thousands and repays the crookednesses of fathers into the bosoms of their children after them. He praised Elohim for His might and power, for with a strong Hand and Outstretched Arm He brought Yisra’ĕl out of Mitsrayim and gave them the land promised to Aḇraham! He then acknowledges the fact that Yisra’ĕl had sinned and did not obey the voice of Elohim nor walk in His Torah, and did not do what was commanded. This was the reason they were in the position they were in, with exile facing them in the face and the wrath of Elohim being ready to be poured out through the sword, famine and plague about which they had been warned! Yet despite all of this that was happening and about to happen, Yirmeyahu confirms his faith in Elohim by saying that he did what he was commanded and bought a field in the city that was being taken captive! יהוה then confirms the words of this powerful prayer of praise to Yirmeyahu by asking Him a clear rhetorical question, “ Is there any matter too hard for me?”.

Yirmeyahu, while certainly declaring this truth in his prayer, would have certainly been strengthened and encouraged by these words of יהוה, for I am sure that he would have been reminded of the first time that we see יהוה saying these words, when He said them in:

Berěshith/Genesis 18:14Is any matter too hard for יהוה? At the appointed time I am going to return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah is to have a son.

These were the words that יהוה spoke to Aḇraham after Sarah had laughed when hearing that she would have a child! יהוה made it clear that she would have a child at the appointed time spoken by Him, and this too would have been an urgent reminder to Yirmeyahu, as he heard these same words that would give him the full assurance that the Word of יהוה never fails, as His loving-commitment endures forever!

He then continues on and confirms to Yirmeyahu what was going to take place, yet promised that He would gather His people back to this land and put His fear in their hearts and that fields and houses would indeed be bought in this land again, therefore the deed of purchase that Yirmeyahu signed, sealed and delivered to be kept in an earthen vessel for many days was a sure sign and proof of this clear promise! These people had the prophetic word made certain through the clear actions of Yirmeyahu and this called for an endurance of many days! We too have this full assurance of the prophetic words of our inheritance in our Master made certain and would do well to endure and keep shining the light of this Truth amidst a dark and depraved world!

Kěpha made this clear to us in his second letter:

Kěpha Bět/ 2 Peter 1:19-21And we have the prophetic word made more certain, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture came to be of one’s own interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the desire of man, but men of Elohim spoke, being moved by the Set-apart Spirit.

As we consider the event that took place here in Yirmeyahu we are able to grasp more clearly the full assurance we have in our Great Kinsman Redeemer, who has put His treasure in our hearts and set His seal upon us, so that we can continue shining the light of this truth, knowing that no matter is too hard for our Mighty Master and Elohim, יהוה of Hosts!

Our Master and Elohim, Redeemer and King, יהושע Messiah has purchased the field and in His Blood our inheritance is secured! How are you living? Have you counted the cost and ‘sold all you have’ in order to ‘buy that field’? Have you found the pearl of great price – that entrance into the reign, and have forsaken all to follow the One who has paid the price of the field? Or have the current circumstances that you have found yourself in caused you to remain chained in bondage to the things of the flesh and have been unable to see the truth that nothing is too hard for Elohim?

I hope that this message tonight stirs in you the belief/faith that Yirmeyahu displayed, by being a doer of the word and not just a hearer only! He was not just a proclaimer but he showed his belief in works of obedience to the Word, despite the impending exile and his captive state of being held prisoner!

 

Yirmeyahu could faithfully depend upon the Word of יהוה, even if he did not know or fully understand how it would be physically accomplished! Yerushalayim was going to be burned because of the idolatry of יהוה’s called out one’s, yet Yirmeyahu could put full confidence in the Word of יהוה, and this we can learn a  great deal from, as we have the Word made sure for us in the life, death and resurrection of our Master, giving us the sure promise and seal of our inheritance, in His Blood, by which we are grafted into His Covenants of Promise!

The field has been purchased and our inheritance has been secured – how are you living? Is your faith clearly seen in your daily actions of obedience or have you allowed an enslaved mind-set to cause you to doubt the sure promises of Elohim, promises that are yes and aměn in Messiah?

I trust and pray that by this very real and practical parable, as portrayed through the actions of Yirmeyahu, it will stir in you the clear confidence, hope and courage to endure many days as you have this treasure of His Truth in your earthen vessel! You are the salt and light of the world. The Lamp of Yah is in you and may you not hide that lamp but be as Giḏ’on’s men who had a clay vessel with a light in it in one hand and a shofar in the other, and at the command of Giḏ’on broke their vessels and let the light shine while blowing the shofar, and brought about a complete destruction of the enemy, by the Hand of Elohim, which you can read about in Shophetim/Judges 7!

The pictures of the shofars, the jars and the torches can give us a great lesson of how we are to be overcomers in יהושע Messiah, as we read in:

Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 2:19-22 However, the solid foundation of Elohim stands firm, having this seal, “יהוה knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteous-ness.” 20 But in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some unto value and some unto no value. 21 If, then, anyone cleanses himself from these matters, he shall be a vessel unto value, having been set apart, of good use to the Master, having been prepared for every good work. 22 And flee from the lusts of youth, but pursue righteousness, belief, love, peace with those calling on the Master out of a clean heart.

We who have cleansed ourselves from all unrighteousness shall be a vessel unto value, having been set-apart and of good use to our Master! Messiah came in the flesh and defeated sin, and He calls us to walk as He walked, and this will take the clear responsibility of a true remnant to break off the things of the flesh, and surrender totally into the hands of our King, becoming a vessel unto value that holds firm the true witness of Messiah and guards the commands of Elohim.

May we all learn from the committed and faithful actions of obedience displayed by Yirmeyahu! There was still much pressure and hardship that he would face and have to endure, yet what would have certainly been a strengthening assurance to him was the sure Word of יהוה, and the promise of His Word made certain through the clear promise of this sealed deed of purchase that was to be kept in an earthen vessel many days! While we too will face many pressures and persecutions, let us hold fast the wonderful seal of our inheritance as we guard His treasure that is in us with great joy and an expectation that will not fail!

FIELD PURCHASED – INHERITANCE SECURED!

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!