Weight: The Biblical shekel (Hebrew) is a unit of mass. 1 shekel weights 11.4 grams or 0.4021 ounces.
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
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, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith 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 out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.
6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
8 So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.
14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.
15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Relate the details of how Jeremiah came to possess his cousin Hanameel’s field.
2. Explain why it was so unusual and dramatic for Jeremiah to buy Hanameel’s field.
3. State one thing he or she will do in the coming week that is based on hope and not circumstances.
A. Relatives, Property, and Prison
B. Lesson Background: Right of Redemption
C. Lesson Background: Anathoth
I. Living Under Siege (JEREMIAH 32:1–5)
A. Imprisoned Prophet (vv. 1, 2)
B. Angry King (vv. 3–5)
Attacking the Messenger
II. Buying Distressed Property (JEREMIAH 32:6–9)
A. Lord’s Prediction (vv. 6, 7)
B. Astonishing Request (vv. 8, 9)
III. Preserving the Proof (JEREMIAH 32:14, 15)
A. Safe-Deposit Jar (v. 14)
B. Long-Term Investment (v. 15)
The Practice of Farsightedness
A. Faith That Overpays
C. Thought to Remember