Jeremiah 1** Jeremiah was a priest, a native of Anathoth, in the tribe ofBenjamin. He was called to the prophetic office when very young,about seventy years after the death of Isaiah, and exercised itfor about forty years with great faithfulness, till the sins ofthe Jewish nation came to their full measure and destructionfollowed. The prophecies of Jeremiah do not stand as they weredelivered. Blayney has endeavoured to arrange them in moreregular order, namely, ch. 1-20; 22; 23; 25; 26; 35; 36; 45; 24;29; 30; 31; 27; 28; 21; 34; 37; 32; 33; 38; 39; (ver. 15-18,1-14.) 40-44; 46-52. The general subject of his prophecies isthe idolatry and other sins of the Jews; the judgments by whichthey were threatened, with references to their futurerestoration and deliverance, and promises of the Messiah. Theyare remarkable for plain and faithful reproofs, affectionateexpostulations, and awful warnings. * Jeremiah's call to the prophetic office. (1-10) A vision of analmond-tree and of a seething-pot, Divine protection ispromised. (11-19)1-10 Jeremiah's early call to the work and office of a prophetis stated. He was to be a prophet, not to the Jews only, but tothe neighbouring nations. He is still a prophet to the wholeworld, and it would be well if they would attend to thesewarnings. The Lord who formed us, knows for what particularservices and purposes he intended us. But unless he sanctify usby his new-creating Spirit, we shall neither be fit for his holyservice on earth, nor his holy happiness in heaven. It becomesus to have low thoughts of ourselves. Those who are young,should consider that they are so, and not venture beyond theirpowers. But though a sense of our own weakness and insufficiencyshould make us go humbly about our work, it should not make usdraw back when God calls us. Those who have messages to deliverfrom God, must not fear the face of man. The Lord, by a sign,gave Jeremiah such a gift as was necessary. God's message shouldbe delivered in his own words. Whatever wordly wise men orpoliticians may think, the safety of kingdoms is decidedaccording to the purpose and word of God. 11-19 God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah andJerusalem by the Chaldeans. The almond-tree, which is moreforward in the spring than any other, represented the speedyapproach of judgments. God also showed whence the intended ruinshould arise. Jeremiah saw a seething-pot boiling, representingJerusalem and Judah in great commotion. The mouth or face of thefurnace or hearth, was toward the north; from whence the fireand fuel were to come. The northern powers shall unite. Thecause of these judgments was the sin of Judah. The whole counselof God must be declared. The fear of God is the best remedyagainst the fear of man. Better to have all men our enemies thanGod our enemy; those who are sure they have God with them, neednot, ought not to fear, whoever is against them. Let us praythat we may be willing to give up personal interests, and thatnothing may move us from our duty.
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