Jeremiah 12* Jeremiah complains of the prosperity of the wicked. (1-6) Theheavy judgments to come upon the nation. (7-13) Divine mercy tothem, and even to the nations around. (14-17)1-6 When we are most in the dark concerning God'sdispensations, we must keep up right thoughts of God, believingthat he never did the least wrong to any of his creatures. Whenwe find it hard to understand any of his dealings with us, orothers, we must look to general truths as our first principles,and abide by them: the Lord is righteous. The God with whom wehave to do, knows how our hearts are toward him. He knows boththe guile of the hypocrite and the sincerity of the upright.Divine judgments would pull the wicked out of their pasture assheep for the slaughter. This fruitful land was turned intobarrenness for the wickedness of those that dwelt therein. TheLord reproved the prophet. The opposition of the men of Anathothwas not so formidable as what he must expect from the rulers ofJudah. Our grief that there should be so much evil is oftenmixed with peevishness on account of the trials it occasions us.And in this our favoured day, and under our triflingdifficulties, let us consider how we should behave, if called tosufferings like those of saints in former ages. 7-13 God's people had been the dearly-beloved of his soul,precious in his sight, but they acted so, that he gave them upto their enemies. Many professing churches become like speckledbirds, presenting a mixture of religion and the world, with itsvain fashions, pursuits, and pollutions. God's people are as menwondered at, as a speckled bird; but this people had by theirown folly made themselves so; and the beasts and birds arecalled to prey upon them. The whole land would be made desolate.But until the judgments were actually inflicted, none of thepeople would lay the warning to heart. When God's hand is liftedup, and men will not see, they shall be made to feel. Silver andgold shall not profit in the day of the Lord's anger. And theefforts of sinners to escape misery, without repentance andworks answerable thereto, will end in confusion. 14-17 The Lord would plead the cause of his people againsttheir evil neighbours. Yet he would afterwards show mercy tothose nations, when they should learn true religion. This seemsto look forward to the times when the fulness of the Gentilesshall come in. Those who would have their lot with God's people,and a last end like theirs, must learn their ways, and walk inthem.
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