Jeremiah 10* The absurdity of idolatry. (1-16) Destruction denouncedagainst Jerusalem. (17-25)1-16 The prophet shows the glory of Israel's God, and exposesthe folly of idolaters. Charms and other attempts to obtainsupernatural help, or to pry into futurity, are copied from thewicked customs of the heathen. Let us stand in awe, and not dareprovoke God, by giving that glory to another which is due to himalone. He is ready to forgive, and save all who repent andbelieve in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Faith learns theseblessed truths from the word of God; but all knowledge not fromthat source, leads to doctrines of vanity. 17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure.But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the wordof God has declared, and that its threatenings are not emptyterrors. Submission will support the believer under every griefallotted to him; but what can render the load of Divinevengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullendespair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faithand prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report ofthe enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs whichmen lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in amoment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contraryto what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed oursteps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreathim to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correctme; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smartof God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Thosewho restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those whoknow him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severecorrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths,they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will thenhumble themselves before the Lord.
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