Jeremiah 25* The Jews rebuked for not obeying calls to repentance. (1-7)Their captivity during seventy years is expressly foretold.(8-14) Desolations upon the nations shown by the emblem of a cupof wrath. (15-29) The judgments again declared. (30-38)1-7 The call to turn from evil ways to the worship and serviceof God, and for sinners to trust in Christ, and partake of hissalvation, concerns all men. God keeps an account how long wepossess the means of grace; and the longer we have them, theheavier will our account be if we have not improved them. Risingearly, points out the earnest desire that this people shouldturn and live. Personal and particular reformation must beinsisted on as necessary to a national deliverance; and everyone must turn from his own evil way. Yet all was to no purpose.They would not take the right and only method to turn away thewrath of God. 8-14 The fixing of the time during which the Jewish captivityshould last, would not only confirm the prophecy, but alsocomfort the people of God, and encourage faith and prayer. Theruin of Babylon is foretold: the rod will be thrown into thefire when the correcting work is done. When the set time tofavour Zion is come, Babylon shall be punished for theiriniquity, as other nations have been punished for their sins.Every threatening of the Scripture will certainly beaccomplished. 15-29 The evil and the good events of life are oftenrepresented in Scripture as cups. Under this figure isrepresented the desolation then coming upon that part of theworld, of which Nebuchadnezzar, who had just began to reign andact, was to be the instrument; but this destroying sword wouldcome from the hand of God. The desolations the sword should makein all these kingdoms, are represented by the consequences ofexcessive drinking. This may make us loathe the sin ofdrunkenness, that the consequences of it are used to set forthsuch a woful condition. Drunkenness deprives men of the use oftheir reason, makes men as mad. It takes from them the valuableblessing, health; and is a sin which is its own punishment. Thismay also make us dread the judgments of war. It soon fills anation with confusion. They will refuse to take the cup at thyhand. They will not believe Jeremiah; but he must tell them itis the word of the Lord of hosts, and it is in vain for them tostruggle against Almighty power. And if God's judgments beginwith backsliding professors, let not the wicked expect toescape. 30-38 The Lord has just ground of controversy with every nationand every person; and he will execute judgment on all thewicked. Who can avoid trembling when God speaks in displeasure?The days are fully come; the time fixed in the Divine counsels,which will make the nations wholly desolate. The tender anddelicate shall share the common calamity. Even those who used tolive in peace, and did nothing to provoke, shall not escape.Blessed be God, there is a peaceable habitation above, for allthe sons of peace. The Lord will preserve his church and allbelievers in all changes; for nothing can separate them from hislove.
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