Jeremiah 9

* The people are corrected, Jerusalem is destroyed. (1-11) The

captives suffer in a foreign land. (12-22) God's

loving-kindness, He threatens the enemies of his people. (23-26)

1-11 Jeremiah wept much, yet wished he could weep more, that he

might rouse the people to a due sense of the hand of God. But

even the desert, without communion with God, through Christ

Jesus, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, must be a place

for temptation and evil; while, with these blessings, we may

live in holiness in crowded cities. The people accustomed their

tongues to lies. So false were they, that a brother could not be

trusted. In trading and bargaining they said any thing for their

own advantage, though they knew it to be false. But God marked

their sin. Where no knowledge of God is, what good can be

expected? He has many ways of turning a fruitful land into

barrenness for the wickedness of those that dwell therein.
12-22 In Zion the voice of joy and praise used to be heard,

while the people kept close to God; but sin has altered the

sound, it is now the voice of lamentation. Unhumbled hearts

lament their calamity, but not their sin, which is the cause of

it. Let the doors be shut ever so fast, death steals upon us. It

enters the palaces of princes and great men, though stately,

strongly built, and guarded. Nor are those more safe that are

abroad; death cuts off even the children from without, and the

young men from the streets. Hearken to the word of the Lord, and

mourn with godly sorrow. This alone can bring true comfort; and

it can turn the heaviest afflictions into precious mercies.
23-26 In this world of sin and sorrow, ending soon in death and

judgement, how foolish for men to glory in their knowledge,

health, strength, riches, or in any thing which leaves them

under the dominion of sin and the wrath of God! and of which an

account must hereafter be rendered; it will but increase their

misery. Those are the true Israel who worship God in the Spirit,

rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Let us prize the distinction which comes from God, and will last

for ever. Let us seek it diligently.

Copyright information for MHCC