Jeremiah 30* Troubles which shall be before the restoration of Israel.(1-11) Encouragement to trust Divine promises. (12-17) Theblessings under Christ, and the wrath on the wicked. (18-24)1-11 Jeremiah is to write what God had spoken to him. The verywords are such as the Holy Ghost teaches. These are the wordsGod ordered to be written; and promises written by his order,are truly his word. He must write a description of the troublethe people were now in, and were likely to be in. A happy endshould be put to these calamities. Though the afflictions of thechurch may last long, they shall not last always. The Jews shallbe restored again. They shall obey, or hearken to the Messiah,the Christ, the Son of David, their King. The deliverance of theJews from Babylon, is pointed out in the prophecy, but therestoration and happy state of Israel and Judah, when convertedto Christ their King, are foretold; also the miseries of thenations before the coming of Christ. All men must honour the Sonas they honour the Father, and come into the service and worshipof God by him. Our gracious Lord pardons the sins of thebeliever, and breaks off the yoke of sin and Satan, that he mayserve God without fear, in righteousness and true holinessbefore him all the remainder of his days, as the redeemedsubject of Christ our King. 12-17 When God is against a people, who will be for them? Whocan be for them, so as to do them any kindness? Incurable griefsare owing to incurable lusts. Yet, though the captives sufferedjustly, and could not help themselves, the Lord intended toappear for them, and to punish their oppressors; and he willstill do so. But every effort to heal ourselves must provefruitless, so long as we neglect the heavenly Advocate andsanctifying Spirit. The dealings of His grace with every trueconvert, and every returning backslider, are the same in effectas his proceedings to the Jews. 18-24 We have here further intimations of the favour of God forthem after the days of their calamity have expired. The properwork and office of Christ, as Mediator, is to draw near untoGod, for us, as the High Priest of our profession. His ownundertaking, in compliance with his Father's will, and incompassion to fallen man, engaged him. Jesus Christ was, in allthis, truly wonderful. They shall be taken again into covenantwith the Lord, according to the covenant made with theirfathers. "I will be your God:" it is his good-will to us, whichis the summary of that part of the covenant. The wrath of Godagainst the wicked is very terrible, like a whirlwind. Thepurposes of his wrath, as well as the purposes of his love, willall be fulfilled. God will comfort all that turn to him; butthose who approach him must have their hearts engaged to do itwith reverence, devotion, and faith. How will they escape whoneglect so great salvation?
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