Jeremiah 7* Confidence in the temple is vain. (1-16) The provocation bypersisting in idolatry. (17-20) God justifies his dealings withthem. (21-28) And threatens vengeance. (29-34)1-16 No observances, professions, or supposed revelations, willprofit, if men do not amend their ways and their doings. Nonecan claim an interest in free salvation, who allow themselves inthe practice of known sin, or live in the neglect of known duty.They thought that the temple they profaned would be theirprotection. But all who continue in sin because grace hasabounded, or that grace may abound, make Christ the minister ofsin; and the cross of Christ, rightly understood, forms the mosteffectual remedy to such poisonous sentiments. The Son of Godgave himself for our transgressions, to show the excellence ofthe Divine law, and the evil of sin. Never let us think we maydo wickedness without suffering for it. 17-20 The Jews took pride in showing zeal for their idols. Letus learn to be earnest in the service of our God, even from thisbad example. Let us think it an honour to be employed in anywork for God. Let us be as diligent ourselves, and as careful toteach our children the truths of God, as many are to teach themysteries of iniquity. The direct tendency of this sin is maliceagainst God, but it will hurt themselves. And they shall findthere is no escaping. God's wrath is fire unquenchable. 21-28 God shows that obedience was required of them. That whichGod commanded was, Hearken diligently to the voice of the Lordthy God. The promise is very encouraging. Let God's will beyour rule, and his favour shall be your happiness. God wasdispleased with disobedience. We understand the gospel as littleas the Jews understood the law, if we think that even thesacrifice of Christ lessens our obligation to obey. 29-34 In token both of sorrow and of slavery, Jerusalem must bedegraded, and separated from God, as she had been separated tohim. The heart is the place in which God has chosen to put hisname; but if sin has the innermost and uppermost place there, wepollute the temple of the Lord. The destruction of Jerusalemappears here very terrible. The slain shall be many; they havingmade it the place of their sin. Evil pursues sinners, even afterdeath. Those who will not, by the grace of God, be cured of vainmirth, shall, by the justice of God, be deprived of all mirth.How many ruin their health and property without complaining,when engaged in Satan's service! May we learn to relish holyjoys, and to sit loose to all others though lawful.
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