Jeremiah 6* The invasion of Judea. (1-8) The justice of God's proceedings.(9-17) All methods used to amend them had been without success.(18-30)1-8 Whatever methods are used, it is vain to contend with God'sjudgments. The more we indulge in the pleasures of this life,the more we unfit ourselves for the troubles of this life. TheChaldean army shall break in upon the land of Judah, and in alittle time devour all. The day is coming, when those carelessand secure in sinful ways will be visited. It is folly to triflewhen we have eternal salvation to work out, and the enemies ofthat salvation to fight against. But they were thus eager, notthat they might fulfil God's counsels, but that they might filltheir own treasures; yet God thereby served his own purposes.The corrupt heart of man, in its natural state, casts out evilthoughts, just as a fountain casts out her waters. It is alwaysflowing, yet always full. The God of mercy is loth to departeven from a provoking people, and is earnest with them, that byrepentance and reformation, they may prevent things from comingto extremity. 9-17 When the Lord arises to take vengeance, no sinners of anyage or rank, or of either sex escape. They were set upon theworld, and wholly carried away by the love of it. If we judge ofthis sin by God's word, we find multitudes in every station andrank given up to it. Those are to be reckoned our worst and mostdangerous enemies, who flatter us in a sinful way. Oh that menwould be wise for their souls! Ask for the old paths; the way ofgodliness and righteousness has always been the way God hasowned and blessed. Ask for the old paths set forth by thewritten word of God. When you have found the good way, go on init, you will find abundant recompence at your journey's end. Butif men will not obey the voice of God and flee to his appointedRefuge, it will plainly appear at the day of judgment, that theyare ruined because they reject God's word. 18-30 God rejects their outward services, as worthless to atonefor their sins. Sacrifice and incense were to direct them to aMediator; but when offered to purchase a license to go on insin, they provoke God. The sins of God's professing people makethem an easy prey to their enemies. They dare not showthemselves. Saints may rejoice in hope of God's mercies, thoughthey see them only in the promise: sinners must mourn for fearof God's judgments, though they see them only in thethreatenings. They are the worst of revolters, and are allcorrupters. Sinners soon become tempters. They are compared toore supposed to have good metal in it, but which proves alldross. Nothing will prevail to part between them and their sins.Reprobate silver shall they be called, useless and worthless.When warnings, corrections, rebukes, and all means of grace,leave men unrenewed, they will be left, as rejected of God, toeverlasting misery. Let us pray, then, that we may be refined bythe Lord, as silver is refined.
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