Jeremiah 37* The Chaldean army will return. (1-10) Jeremiah is imprisoned.(11-21)1-10 Numbers witness the fatal effects of other men's sins, yetheedlessly step into their places, and follow the samedestructive course. When in distress, we ought to desire theprayers of ministers and Christian friends. And it is common forthose to desire to be prayed for, who will not be advised; yetsinners are often hardened by a pause in judgments. But if Godhelp us not, no creature can. Whatever instruments God hasdetermined to use, they shall do the work, though they seemunlikely. 11-21 There are times when it is the wisdom of good men toretire, to enter into their chambers, and to shut the doors,#Isa 26:20|. Jeremiah was seized as a deserter, and committed toprison. But it is no new thing for the best friends of thechurch to be belied, as in the interests of her worst enemies.When thus falsely accused, we may deny the charge, and commitour cause to Him who judges righteously. Jeremiah obtained mercyof the Lord to be faithful, and would not, to obtain mercy ofman, be unfaithful to God or to his prince; he tells the kingthe whole truth. When Jeremiah delivered God's message, he spakewith boldness; but when he made his own request, he spakesubmissively. A lion in God's cause must be a lamb in his own.And God gave Jeremiah favour in the eyes of the king. The LordGod can make even the cells of a prison become pastures to hispeople, and will raise up friends to provide for them, so thatin the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
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