Jeremiah 15* The destruction of the wicked described. (1-9) The prophetlaments such messages, and is reproved. (10-14) He supplicatespardon, and is promised protection. (15-21)1-9 The Lord declares that even Moses and Samuel must havepleaded in vain. The putting of this as a case, though theyshould stand before him, shows that they do not, and that saintsin heaven do not pray for saints on earth. The Jews werecondemned to different kinds of misery by the righteous judgmentof God, and the remnant would be driven away, like the chaff,into captivity. Then was the populous city made desolate. Badexamples and misused authority often produce fatal effects, evenafter men are dead, or have repented of their crimes: thisshould make all greatly dread being the occasion of sin inothers. 10-14 Jeremiah met with much contempt and reproach, when theyought to have blessed him, and God for him. It is a great andsufficient support to the people of God, that howevertroublesome their way may be, it shall be well with them intheir latter end. God turns to the people. Shall the most hardyand vigorous of their efforts be able to contend with thecounsel of God, or with the army of the Chaldeans? Let them heartheir doom. The enemy will treat the prophet well. But thepeople who had great estates would be used hardly. All parts ofthe country had added to the national guilt; and let each takeshame to itself. 15-21 It is matter of comfort that we have a God, to whoseknowledge of all things we may appeal. Jeremiah pleads with Godfor mercy and relief against his enemies, persecutors, andslanderers. It will be a comfort to God's ministers, when mendespise them, if they have the testimony of their ownconsciences. But he complains, that he found little pleasure inhis work. Some good people lose much of the pleasantness ofreligion by the fretfulness and uneasiness of their naturaltemper, which they indulge. The Lord called the prophet to ceasefrom his distrust, and to return to his work. If he attendedthereto, he might be assured the Lord would deliver him from hisenemies. Those who are with God, and faithful to him, he willdeliver from trouble or carry through it. Many things appearfrightful, which do not at all hurt a real believer in Christ.
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