Jeremiah 35* The obedience of the Rechabites. (1-11) The Jews' disobedienceto the Lord. (12-19)1-11 Jonadab was famous for wisdom and piety. He lived nearly300 years before, #2Ki 10:15|. Jonadab charged his posterity notto drink wine. He also appointed them to dwell in tents, ormovable dwelling: this would teach them not to think of settlingany where in this world. To keep low, would be the way tocontinue long in the land where they were strangers. Humilityand contentment are always the best policy, and men's surestprotection. Also, that they might not run into unlawfulpleasures, they were to deny themselves even lawful delights.The consideration that we are strangers and pilgrims shouldoblige us to abstain from all fleshly lusts. Let them havelittle to lose, and then losing times would be the lessdreadful: let them sit loose to what they had, and then theymight with less pain be stript of it. Those are in the bestframe to meet sufferings who live a life of self-denial, and whodespise the vanities of the world. Jonadab's posterity observedthese rules strictly, only using proper means for their safetyin a time of general suffering. 12-19 The trial of the Rechabites' constancy was for a sign; itmade the disobedience of the Jews to God the more marked. TheRechabites were obedient to one who was but a man likethemselves, and Jonadab never did for his seed what God has donefor his people. Mercy is promised to the Rechabites. We are nottold respecting the performance of this promise; but doubtlessit was performed, and travellers say the Rechabites may be founda separate people to this day. Let us follow the counsels of ourpious forefathers, and we shall find good in so doing.
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