Ah Lord God, behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth
by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.
"At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem,
and when the sword,
had desolated the land,Jeremiah was commanded by God
to purchase a field,
and have the deed of transfer
legally sealed and witnessed.
This was a strange purchase for a rational man to make. Prudence
could not justify it, for it was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing could ever enjoy the possession. But it was enough for Jeremiah that his God had bidden him,....This gave a majesty to the early saints, that they dared to do at God's command things which carnal reason would condemn.
Whether it be
*a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land,
*an Abraham who is to offer up his only son,
*or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt,
*or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams' horns, they all act upon God's command, contrary to the dictates of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith.
Would to God we had in the religion of these modern times a more potent infusion of this heroic faith in God. Let Jeremiah's place of confidence be ours—nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and the earth."