Jeremiah 16* Prohibitions given to the prophet. (1-9) The justice of God inthese judgments. (10-13) Future restoration of the Jews, and theconversion of the Gentiles. (14-21)1-9 The prophet must conduct himself as one who expected to seehis country ruined very shortly. In the prospect of sad times,he is to abstain from marriage, mourning for the dead, andpleasure. Those who would convince others of the truths of God,must make it appear by their self-denial, that they believe itthemselves. Peace, inward and outward, family and public, iswholly the work of God, and from his loving-kindness and mercy.When He takes his peace from any people, distress must follow.There may be times when it is proper to avoid things otherwiseour duty; and we should always sit loose to the pleasures andconcerns of this life. 10-13 Here seems to be the language of those who quarrel at theword of God, and instead of humbling and condemning themselves,justify themselves, as though God did them wrong. A plain andfull answer is given. They were more obstinate in sin than theirfathers, walking every one after the devices of his heart. Sincethey will not hearken, they shall be hurried away into a farcountry, a land they know not. If they had God's favour, thatwould make even the land of their captivity pleasant. 14-21 The restoration from the Babylonish captivity would beremembered in place of the deliverance from Egypt; it alsotypified spiritual redemption, and the future deliverance of thechurch from antichristian oppression. But none of the sins ofsinners can be hidden from God, or shall be overlooked by him.He will find out and raise up instruments of his wrath, thatshall destroy the Jews, by fraud like fishers, by force likehunters. The prophet, rejoicing at the hope of mercy to come,addressed the Lord as his strength and refuge. The deliveranceout of captivity shall be a figure of the great salvation to bewrought by the Messiah. The nations have often known the powerof Jehovah in his wrath; but they shall know him as the strengthof his people, and their refuge in time of trouble.
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