Jeremiah 40* Jeremiah is directed to go to Gedaliah. (1-6) A conspiracyagainst Gedaliah. (7-16)1-6 The captain of the guard seems to glory that he had beenGod's instrument to fulfil, what Jeremiah had been God'smessenger to foretell. Many can see God's justice and truth withregard to others, who are heedless and blind as to themselvesand their own sins. But, sooner or later, all men shall be madesensible that their sin is the cause of all their miseries.Jeremiah has leave to dispose of himself; but is advised to goto Gedaliah, governor of the land under the king of Babylon. Itis doubtful whether Jeremiah acted right in this decision. Butthose who desire the salvation of sinners, and the good of thechurch, are apt to expect better times from slight appearances,and they will prefer the hope of being useful, to the mostsecure situations without it. 7-16 Jeremiah had never in his prophecies spoken of any gooddays for the Jews, to come immediately after the captivity; yetProvidence seemed to encourage such an expectation. But how soonis this hopeful prospect blighted! When God begins a judgment,he will complete it. While pride, ambition, or revenge, bearsrule in the heart, men will form new projects, and be restlessin mischief, which commonly ends in their own ruin. Who wouldhave thought, that after the destruction of Jerusalem, rebellionwould so soon have sprung up? There can be no thorough changebut what grace makes. And if the miserable, who are kept ineverlasting chains for the judgment of the great day, were againpermitted to come on earth, the sin and evil of their naturewould be unchanged. Lord, give us new hearts, and that new mindin which the new birth consists, since thou hast said we cannotwithout it see thy heavenly kingdom.
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