September 21, 2010 | 01:48 pm

Tuesday – Another Bailout Plan

Jeremiah 32:1-15 represents the execution of a bailout plan. Jerusalem has been decimated by the Babylonians and the city lay in ruins. This created great economic hardship, and people were in jeopardy of losing their homes and land—if they still had them! Therefore Jeremiah’s cousin Hanamel, who is about to lose his plot, calls upon the law of redemption. Basically this means that if someone in a family is in jeopardy of losing something of value, it is the duty of an elder in the family to redeem the item on the family’s behalf. Jeremiah buys the land, as worthless as it was. Whether this was a good investment or not depends on our perspective. Through the lens of finances, this was an unwise investment. Through the lens of faith, it may have been one of the best investments he made. It reminds me that it is not just what we spend our money on that matters. It is also why we make the choices we do in our spending.