Jeremiah 11* The disobedient Jews reproved. (1-10) Their utter ruin.(11-17) The people would be destroyed who sought the prophet'slife. (18-23)1-10 God never promised to bestow blessings on his rationalcreatures, while they persist in wilful disobedience. Pardon andacceptance are promised freely to all believers; but no man canbe saved who does not obey the command of God to repent, tobelieve in Christ, to separate from sin and the world, to chooseself-denial and newness of life. In general, men will hearken tothose who speak of doctrines, promises, and privileges; but whenduties are mentioned, they will not bend their ear. 11-17 Evil pursues sinners, and entangles them in snares, outof which they cannot free themselves. Now, in their distress,their many gods and many altars stand them in no stead. Andthose whose own prayers will not be heard, cannot expect benefitfrom the prayers of others. Their profession of religion shallprove of no use. When trouble came upon them, they made thistheir confidence, but God has rejected it. His altar shall yieldthem no satisfaction. The remembrance of God's former favours tothem shall be no comfort under troubles; and his remembrance ofthem shall be no argument for their relief. Every sin againstthe Lord is a sin against ourselves, and so it will be foundsooner or later. 18-23 The prophet Jeremiah tells much concerning himself, thetimes he lived in being very troublesome. Those of his own cityplotted how they might cause his death. They thought to end hisdays, but he outlived most of his enemies; they thought to blasthis memory, but it lives to this day, and will be blessed whiletime lasts. God knows all the secret designs of his and hispeople's enemies, and can, when he pleases, make them known.God's justice is a terror to the wicked, but a comfort to thegodly. When we are wronged, we have a God to commit our causeto, and it is our duty to commit it to him. We should also lookwell to our own spirits, that we are not overcome with evil, butthat by patient continuance in praying for our enemies, and inkindness to them, we may overcome evil with good.
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