‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 32:17–19, ESV)

Jeremiah’s reaction when he buys the land of his cousin in Anathoth.

The amazing thing here is that Anathoth was already under Babylonian control when he bought this land.  The Lord had prophesied that Judah would be carried off into captivity into the greatest country of the age, Babylon who had no peer and no country no matter how strong could stand against them. The time was 587 BC and Jerusalem itself had already been under siege for several months.  Why was the Lord telling Jeremiah to buy land that had already been conquered by Babylon?

This was a sign that God was true to his promises.  God had said that exile would last 70 years and having Jeremiah buy a plot of land indicated that the Jewish people would be back and once again experience normal life buying and selling land.  So prophesied.  So done.

As Jeremiah fully understands, the God who decreed that Judah would go into exile for her idolatry, is the same God who turns around and promises that Judah will return from exile. This amazes Jeremiah.  It amazes me.