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

Prophet Pearls - 32 - BeharIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, 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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14 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #32 – Behar (Jeremiah 32:6-27)

  1. Many of the explanations of chapter 32 can be found in the previous chapters and in my understanding, the purchased land deeds have to be seen as a token for this future fulfilment in connection to the New Covenant Yehovah is making with his people , ( the Northern Tribes as well as the house of Judah had broken the covenant made at mount Sinai. Hence their captivity) Jeremiah 11:10

    When Jeremiah had been told to buy the land, then he knew that Yehovah would be fulfilling his promise of making this New Covenant. ( House of Israel and the House of Judah) Jer.31:31 which of course is future yet, as the identity of the Northern Tribes are not known ..

    Is anything to difficult for Yehovah?

    At least this is how I understand things..

  2. My apology it should be
    Baruch the son of Neriah and he was a scribe to Jeremiah. He also was born from the House of Judah.

    Never the less Jeremiah was of a priestly family and the point I am trying to raise:

    Yehovah is going to make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, but my understanding is that this new covenant includes the house of David being re-established with the temple being rebuilt, which would include temple service…

    Abrahams blessing is described in Gen 18 . My question is, “How are the Goyim be able to be blessed if they cannot even enter this new temple ? ”

    Please correct me if I am missing something.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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