Jeremiah 4* Exhortations and promises. (1-2) Judah exhorted to repentance.(3-4) Judgements denounced. (5-18) The approaching ruin ofJudah. (19-31)1,2 The first two verses should be read with the last chapter.Sin must be put away out of the heart, else it is not put awayout of God's sight, for the heart is open before him. 3,4 An unhumbled heart is like ground untilled. It is groundwhich may be improved; it is our ground let out to us; but it isfallow; it is over-grown with thorns and weeds, the naturalproduct of the corrupt heart. Let us entreat the Lord to createin us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us; forexcept a man be born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom ofheaven. 5-18 The fierce conqueror of the neighbouring nations was tomake Judah desolate. The prophet was afflicted to see the peoplelulled into security by false prophets. The approach of theenemy is described. Some attention was paid in Jerusalem tooutward reformation; but it was necessary that their heartsshould be washed, in the exercise of true repentance and faith,from the love and pollution of sin. When lesser calamities donot rouse sinners and reform nations, sentence will be givenagainst them. The Lord's voice declares that misery isapproaching, especially against wicked professors of the gospel;when it overtakes them, it will be plainly seen that the fruitof wickedness is bitter, and the end is fatal. 19-31 The prophet had no pleasure in delivering messages ofwrath. He is shown in a vision the whole land in confusion.Compared with what it was, every thing is out of order; but theruin of the Jewish nation would not be final. Every end of ourcomforts is not a full end. Though the Lord may correct hispeople very severely, yet he will not cast them off. Ornamentsand false colouring would be of no avail. No outward privilegesor profession, no contrivances would prevent destruction. Howwretched the state of those who are like foolish children in theconcerns of their souls! Whatever we are ignorant of, may theLord make of good understanding in the ways of godliness. As sinwill find out the sinner, so sorrow will, sooner or later, findout the secure.
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