Prophet Pearls #32 – Behar (Jeremiah 32:6-27)

Prophet Pearls - 32 - BeharThis week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion of Behar covering Jeremiah 32:6-27. To shed light on Jeremiah’s purchase of a field in this portion, Gordon provides information about archaeological discoveries and how they substantiate and clarify the ancient deeding practices Jeremiah details in this portion.  But of course, the portion isn't solely about the challenges of conducting business while imprisoned in a besieged city; Gordon and Johnson expound on and revel in Jeremiah’s epiphany, “There is nothing too hard for thee.”  (Which brings us to the word-of-the-week: “yipale,” from the root pei-lamed-aleph—that which is wonderful, hidden, or difficult.) The duo debate their differing interpretations of Jeremiah’s catchphrase, “Aha” and Gordon closes in prayer that captives will continue to return to Israel and that rejoicing will increase in the streets of Jerusalem.

"For thus said Yehovah... 'Houses, fields, and vineyards shall again be purchased in this land.'" Jeremiah 32:15


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13 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #32 – Behar (Jeremiah 32:6-27)

  1. Lynda is very sanctimonious…why don’t she ask him why he laughs to get a better understanding. I gather she may come from a strict, non liberal tradition, but yet she must understand ppl have different ways of celebrating the creator. jeeez!

  2. A true delight to listen! Keith and Nehemiah, your joy in the revelations given you by YHVH is evidenced by your genuine laughter, as is the joy that you have found in this friendship arranged by The Most High. I find it to be refreshing and fun. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You keep mentioning that Jeremiah was in a pit or sewer when what you were discussing happened. That is not correct. He wasn’t put into the pit until a year later in chapter 38.

    • Good point. To be precise he was in prison and the pit he was thrown into in chapter 38 was in the prison… sort of like a solitary confinement. Prison pretty lousy whether you are in solitary or gen-pop. I’ve only ever made it as far as the chapel doing prison ministry and I can tell it was scary.

      • This teaching is so good but myself and others are very annoyed by Johnsons laughing all the time. The Bible is a serious matter and he’s making it like he doesn’t even take this serious. We Don’t mean to offend anyone but I sure wish he would correct his behavior, as we find it hard to follow / listen!

        • The Bible is serious but there is also great joy and excitement in His Word that causes many to laugh and be full of that joy. Lighten up, Lynda, and don’t let the enemy stand the way of the hearing of His Word.

  4. Proof that the event occurred in the past. To give hope/ proof.. Wait for it! As well as a Resurrection!

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