Jeremiah 27* The neighbouring nations to be subdued. (1-11) Zedekiah iswarned to yield. (12-18) The vessels of the temple to be carriedto Babylon, but afterwards to be restored. (19-22)1-11 Jeremiah is to prepare a sign that all the neighbouringcountries would be made subject to the king of Babylon. Godasserts his right to dispose of kingdoms as he pleases. Whateverany have of the good things of this world, it is what God seesfit to give; we should therefore be content. The things of thisworld are not the best things, for the Lord often gives thelargest share to bad men. Dominion is not founded in grace.Those who will not serve the God who made them, shall justly bemade to serve their enemies that seek to ruin them. Jeremiahurges them to prevent their destruction, by submission. A meekspirit, by quiet submission to the hardest turns of providence,makes the best of what is bad. Many persons may escapedestroying providences, by submitting to humbling providences.It is better to take up a light cross in our way, than to pull aheavier on our own heads. The poor in spirit, the meek andhumble, enjoy comfort, and avoid many miseries to which thehigh-spirited are exposed. It must, in all cases, be ourinterest to obey God's will. 12-18 Jeremiah persuades the king of Judah to surrender to theking of Babylon. Is it their wisdom to submit to the heavy ironyoke of a cruel tyrant, that they may secure their lives; and isit not much more our wisdom to submit to the pleasant and easyyoke of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, that we may secureour souls? It were well if sinners would be afraid of thedestruction threatened against all who will not have Christ toreign over them. Why should they die the second death,infinitely worse than that by sword and famine, when they maysubmit and live? And those who encourage sinners to go on insinful ways, will perish with them. 19-22 Jeremiah assures them that the brazen vessels should goafter the golden ones. All shall be carried to Babylon. But heconcludes with a gracious promise, that the time would come whenthey should be brought back. Though the return of the prosperityof the church does not come in our time, we must not despair,for it will come in God's time.
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