Jeremiah 32 … Consider Him Who Gives Us One Heart and One Way

They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them, (32:38-39).

The word came to Jeremiah, while he is being held prisoner by the king for his obedience to the Lord.

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. Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah, because Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord…’” (32:1-3).

And it seemed as though Jeremiah needed confirmation. Perhaps he felt he was not in the best place to think about making plans for his future.

And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy for yourself my field which is at Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it,”’ (32:6).

After all, buy land when the city is under siege? It really didn’t make sense; and as a matter of fact, this word came only one year before Jerusalem was destroyed at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. And apparently Jeremiah was concerned as to whether he had actually heard this word correctly, until his cousin came, according to the word of the Lord, and asked Jeremiah to please buy his field.

Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of the Lord and said to me, ‘Buy my field, please, that is at Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for you have the right of possession and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord, (32:8).

And while it didn’t make sense in the natural, God was giving His people another visual promise for their future through His prophet in an observable illustration of days that are coming.

“For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land,”’ (32:15).

And after the promise, Jeremiah prayed, still trying to wrap his head around it all. Jeremiah had no doubt about God’s power and might, no doubt that He is able to do anything He determined to do.

Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, 18 who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God. The Lord of hosts is His name; 19 great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds, (32:17-19).

Jeremiah also knew his people were being punished by the Lord for their persistent disobedience even after all the Lord had done to bring them out of bondage in Egypt and into the Promised Land.

You brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great terror; 22 and gave them this land, which You swore to their forefathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23 They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore You have made all this calamity come upon them, (32:21-23).

And it is not as though Jeremiah is questioning God’s dealings with His people, but he still can’t quite understand buying the land in such a time as this.

Behold, the siege ramps have reached the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine and the pestilence; and what You have spoken has come to pass; and behold, You see it. 25 You have said to me, O Lord God, “Buy for yourself the field with money and call in witnesses”—although the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.’” (32:24-25).

And into this scene of approaching destruction comes His prophecy concerning His People. Yes they will be sent into exile and yes the city of Jerusalem will be destroyed, but buy the land Jeremiah and believe His promise that He will gather His people to Give them One Heart and One Way, that they will be His people and He will be their God.

Consider Him Who Gives Us One Heart and One Way

They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them, (32:38-39).

As unbelievable as it all seems, God Gives Us One Heart and One Way so that we can become the recipients of His everlasting covenant, to be brought into relationship with Him, to become the beneficiaries of His goodness, to be transformed in faithful worship, devotion and obedience, and to be established in His security and faithfulness.

“I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. 41 I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul,” (32:40-41).

His Covenant is solely dependent upon Him. He must do it; He must Give Us One Heart and One Way, for in and of ourselves, we will always go astray. And only through Jesus Christ, Who bore the penalty of our sin with His precious blood, will we be brought into His New Covenant and Given One Heart and One Way.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him,
(Isaiah 53:6).

“for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins,” (Matthew 26:28).

He Gives One Heart, an undivided Heart, pure in its devotion, and Jesus told us those who have this One Heart will see God.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” (Matthew 5:8).

But that is the problem. Our hearts are anything but pure.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?”
(Jeremiah 17:9).

And our sick hearts defile all our ways.

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man,” (Mark 7:21-23).

But for all who are in Christ through faith, He Gives One Heart.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).

But the Way of His Covenant is narrow, for there is only One Way,

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

Jesus told us the Way is narrow and He told us He is the One Way. One Way offered to all but few are those who find it.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it,” (Matthew 7:13-14).

But those who do find it and humbly accept His Gift by faith will find His One Way as the Father Gives One Heart and draws them to Jesus.

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day,” (John 6:44).

How do we respond to Him Who Gives Us One Heart and One Way?

If we have learned anything from our time in Jeremiah, it is how obstinate, stiff-necked, rebellious and disobedient we are. All of us. And how desperate we are for His Gift of salvation that Gives Us One Heart and One Way, so that we can keep His commands.

But if we spend our time considering how impossible it is for us to serve Him faithfully and wholeheartedly, confusion and discouragement is sure to set in. Instead, let’s buy the land as we look to His Word and the promise of His New Covenant, contemplating Him Who Gives Us One Heart and One Way, with gratitude and praise.

Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your Gift of Grace in Your New Covenant that Gives Us One Heart and One Way, that we would be saved. And Lord, we pray that You alone would receive the glory, for we know in and of ourselves, in our own hearts and in our own ways, there is nothing we can ever do to make ourselves right, and nothing we can every do that is right before Holy God.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them, (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Lord, please teach us to walk in the works You have prepared beforehand for us to do as we rely on You, that we would love You and our neighbors with Your One Heart and Your One Way.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 23:36-39).

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