Jeremiah 5* The Jews' profession of religion was hypocritical. (1-9) Thecruel proceedings of their enemies. (10-18) Their apostacy andidolatry. (19-31)1-9 None could be found who behaved as upright and godly men.But the Lord saw the true character of the people through alltheir disguises. The poor were ignorant, and therefore they werewicked. What can be expected but works of darkness, from peoplethat know nothing of God and religion? There are God's poor,who, notwithstanding poverty, know the way of the Lord, walk init, and do their duty; but these were willingly ignorant, andtheir ignorance would not be their excuse. The rich wereinsolent and haughty, and the abuse of God's favours made theirsin worse. 10-18 Multitudes are ruined by believing that God will not beso strict as his word says he will; by this artifice Satan undidmankind. Sinners are not willing to own any thing to be God'sword, that tends to part them from, or to disquiet them in,their sins. Mocking and misusing the Lord's messengers, filledthe measure of their iniquity. God can bring trouble upon usfrom places and causes very remote. He has mercy in store forhis people, therefore will set bounds to this desolatingjudgment. Let us not overlook the "nevertheless," ver. #18|.This is the Lord's covenant with Israel. He thereby proclaimshis holiness, and his utter displeasure against sin whilesparing the sinner, #Ps 89:30-35|. 19-31 Unhumbled hearts are ready to charge God with beingunjust in their afflictions. But they may read their sin intheir punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord doethhard things unto them, let them think of their sins. Therestless waves obeyed the Divine decree, that they should notpass the sandy shores, which were as much a restraint as loftymountains; but they burst all restraints of God's law, and werewholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider theirinterest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us theappointed weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet theytransgress against him. Sin deprives us of God's blessings; itmakes the heaven as brass, and the earth as iron. Certainly thethings of this world are not the best things; and we are not tothink, that, because evil men prosper, God allows theirpractices. Though sentence against evil works is not executedspeedily, it will be executed. Shall I not visit for thesethings? This speaks the certainty and the necessity of God'sjudgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an endwill come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.
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