Jeremiah 14* A drought upon the land of Judah. (1-7) A confession of sin inthe name of the people. (8-9) The Divine purpose to punish isdeclared. (10-16) The people supplicate. (17-22)1-9 The people were in tears. But it was rather the cry oftheir trouble, and of their sin, than of their prayer. Let us bethankful for the mercy of water, that we may not be taught tovalue it by feeling the want of it. See what dependencehusbandmen have upon the Divine providence. They cannot ploughnor sow in hope, unless God water their furrows. The case evenof the wild beasts was very pitiable. The people are not forwardto pray, but the prophet prays for them. Sin is humblyconfessed. Our sins not only accuse us, but answer against us.Our best pleas in prayer are those fetched from the glory ofGod's own name. We should dread God's departure, more than theremoval of our creature-comforts. He has given Israel his wordto hope in. It becomes us in prayer to show ourselves moreconcerned for God's glory than for our own comfort. And if wenow return to the Lord, he will save us to the glory of hisgrace. 10-16 The Lord calls the Jews "this people," not "his people."They had forsaken his service, therefore he would punish themaccording to their sins. He forbade Jeremiah to plead for them.The false prophets were the most criminal. The Lord pronouncescondemnation on them; but as the people loved to have it so,they were not to escape judgments. False teachers encourage mento expect peace and salvation, without repentance, faith,conversion, and holiness of life. But those who believe a liemust not plead if for an excuse. They shall feel what they saythey will not fear. 17-22 Jeremiah acknowledged his own sins, and those of thepeople, but pleaded with the Lord to remember his covenant. Intheir distress none of the idols of the Gentiles could helpthem, nor could the heavens give rain of themselves. The Lordwill always have a people to plead with him at his mercy-seat.He will heal every truly repenting sinner. Should he not see fitto hear our prayers on behalf of our guilty land, he willcertainly bless with salvation all who confess their sins andseek his mercy.
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