Jeremiah 8* The remains of the dead exposed. (1-3) The stupidity of thepeople, compared with the instinct of the brute creation. (4-13)The alarm of the invasion, and lamentation. (14-22)1-3 Though no real hurt can be done to a dead body, yetdisgrace to the remains of wicked persons may alarm those yetalive; and this reminds us that the Divine justice andpunishments extend beyond the grave. Whatever befalls us here,let us humble ourselves before God, and seek his mercy. 4-13 What brought this ruin? 1. The people would not attend toreason; they would not act in the affairs of their souls withcommon prudence. Sin is backsliding; it is going back from theway that leads to life, to that which leads to destruction. 2.They would not attend to the warning of conscience. They did nottake the first step towards repentance: true repentance beginsin serious inquiry as to what we have done, from conviction thatwe have done amiss. 3. They would not attend to the ways ofprovidence, nor understand the voice of God in them, ver. #7|.They know not how to improve the seasons of grace, which Godaffords. Many boast of their religious knowledge, yet, unlesstaught by the Spirit of God, the instinct of brutes is a moresure guide than their supposed wisdom. 4. They would not attendto the written word. Many enjoy abundance of the means of grace,have Bibles and ministers, but they have them in vain. They willsoon be ashamed of their devices. The pretenders to wisdom werethe priests and the false prophets. They flattered people insin, and so flattered them into destruction, silencing theirfears and complaints with, All is well. Selfish teachers maypromise peace when there is no peace; and thus men encourageeach other in committing evil; but in the day of visitation theywill have no refuge to flee unto. 14-22 At length they begin to see the hand of God lifted up.And when God appears against us, every thing that is against usappears formidable. As salvation only can be found in the Lord,so the present moment should be seized. Is there no medicineproper for a sick and dying kingdom? Is there no skilful,faithful hand to apply the medicine? Yes, God is able to helpand to heal them. If sinners die of their wounds, their blood isupon their own heads. The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, hisSpirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that thepeople may be healed, but will not. Thus men die unpardoned andunchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved.
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