Jeremiah 18* God's power over his creatures is represented by the potter.(1-10) The Jews exhorted to repentance, and judgments foretold.(11-17) The prophet appeals to God. (18-23)1-10 While Jeremiah looks upon the potter's work, God dartsinto his mind two great truths. God has authority, and power, toform and fashion kingdoms and nations as he pleases. He maydispose of us as he thinks fit; and it would be as absurd for usto dispute this, as for the clay to quarrel with the potter. Buthe always goes by fixed rules of justice and goodness. When Godis coming against us in judgments, we may be sure it is for oursins; but sincere conversion from the evil of sin will preventthe evil of punishment, as to persons, and to families, andnations. 11-17 Sinners call it liberty to live at large; whereas for aman to be a slave to his lusts, is the very worst slavery. Theyforsook God for idols. When men are parched with heat, and meetwith cooling, refreshing streams, they use them. In these thingsmen will not leave a certainty for an uncertainty; but Israelleft the ancient paths appointed by the Divine law. They walkednot in the highway, in which they might travel safely, but in away in which they must stumble: such was the way of idolatry,and such is the way of iniquity. This made their land desolate,and themselves miserable. Calamities may be borne, if God smileupon us when under them; but if he is displeased, and refuseshis help, we are undone. Multitudes forget the Lord and hisChrist, and wander from the ancient paths, to walk in ways oftheir own devising. But what will they do in the day ofjudgment! 18-23 When the prophet called to repentance, instead of obeyingthe call, the people devised devices against him. Thus dosinners deal with the great Intercessor, crucifying him afresh,and speaking against him on earth, while his blood is speakingfor them in heaven. But the prophet had done his duty to them;and the same will be our rejoicing in a day of evil.
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