Jeremiah 22* Justice is recommended, and destruction threatened in case ofdisobedience. (1-9) The captivity of Jehoiakim, and the end ofJeconiah. (10-19) The doom of the royal family. (20-30)1-9 The king of Judah is spoken to, as sitting upon the throneof David, the man after God's own heart. Let him follow hisexample, that he may have the benefit of the promises made tohim. The way to preserve a government, is to do the duty of it.But sin will be the ruin of the houses of princes, as well as ofmeaner men. And who can contend with destroyers of God'spreparing? God destroys neither persons, cities, nor nations,except for sin; even in this world he often makes it plain forwhat crimes he sends punishment; and it will be clear at the dayof judgement. 10-19 Here is a sentence of death upon two kings, the wickedsons of a very pious father. Josiah was prevented from seeingthe evil to come in this world, and removed to see the good tocome in the other world; therefore, weep not for him, but forhis son Shallum, who is likely to live and die a wretchedcaptive. Dying saints may be justly envied, while living sinnersare justly pitied. Here also is the doom of Jehoiakim. No doubtit is lawful for princes and great men to build, beautify, andfurnish houses; but those who enlarge their houses, and makethem sumptuous, need carefully to watch against the workings ofvain-glory. He built his houses by unrighteousness, with moneygotten unjustly. And he defrauded his workmen of their wages.God notices the wrong done by the greatest to poor servants andlabourers, and will repay those in justice, who will not, injustice, pay those whom they employ. The greatest of men mustlook upon the meanest as their neighbours, and be just to themaccordingly. Jehoiakim was unjust, and made no conscience ofshedding innocent blood. Covetousness, which is the root of allevil, was at the bottom of all. The children who despise theirparents' old fashions, commonly come short of their realexcellences. Jehoiakim knew that his father found the way ofduty to be the way of comfort, yet he would not tread in hissteps. He shall die unlamented, hateful for oppression andcruelty. 20-30 The Jewish state is described under a threefoldcharacter. Very haughty in a day of peace and safety. Veryfearful on alarm of trouble. Very much cast down under pressureof trouble. Many never are ashamed of their sins till brought bythem to the last extremity. The king shall close his days inbondage. Those that think themselves as signets on God's righthand, must not be secure, but fear lest they should be pluckedthence. The Jewish king and his family shall be carried toBabylon. We know where we were born, but where we shall die weknow not; it is enough that our God knows. Let it be our carethat we die in Christ, then it will be well with us wherever wedie, thought it may be in a far country. The Jewish king shallbe despised. Time was when he was delighted in; but all those inwhom God has no pleasure, some time or other, will be solowered, that men will have no pleasure in them. Whoever arechildless, it is the Lord that writes them so; and those whotake no care to do good in their days, cannot expect to prosper.How little is earthly grandeur to be depended upon, orflourishing families to be rejoiced in! But those who hear thevoice of Christ, and follow him, have eternal life, and shallnever perish, neither shall any enemy pluck them out of hisalmighty hands.
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