J E R E M I A H.
It is probable that this chapter was Jeremiah's
first sermon after his ordination; and a most lively pathetic
sermon it is as any we have is all the books of the prophets. Let
him not say, "I cannot speak, for I am a child;" for, God having
touched his mouth and put his words into it, none can speak better.
The scope of the chapter is to show God's people their
transgressions, even the house of Jacob their sins; it is all by
way of reproof and conviction, that they might be brought to repent
of their sins and so prevent the ruin that was coming upon them.
The charge drawn up against them is very high, the aggravations are
black, the arguments used for their conviction very close and
pressing, and the expostulations very pungent and affecting. The
sin which they are most particularly charged with here is idolatry,
forsaking the true God, their own God, for other false gods. Now
they are told, I. That this was ungrateful to God, who had been so
kind to them, ver. 1-8.
II. That it was without precedent, that a nation should change
their god, ver. 9-13.
III. That hereby they had disparaged and ruined themselves,
ver. 14-19. IV. That
they had broken their covenants and degenerated from their good
beginnings, ver. 20, 21.
V. That their wickedness was too plain to be concealed and too bad
to be excused, ver. 22, 23,
35. VI. That they persisted witfully and obstinately in
it, and were irreclaimable and indefatigable in their idolatries,
ver. 24, 25, 33,
36. VII. That they shamed themselves by their idolatry
and should shortly be made ashamed of it when they should find
their idols unable to help them, ver. 26-29, 37. VIII. That they had not
been convinced and reformed by the rebukes of Providence that had
been under, ver. 30. IX.
That they had put a great contempt upon God, ver. 31, 32. X. That with their idolatries
they had mixed the most unnatural murders, shedding the blood of
the poor innocents, ver.
34. Those hearts were hard indeed that were untouched
and unhumbled when their sins were thus set in order before them. O
that by meditating on this chapter we might be brought to repent of
our spiritual idolatries, giving that place in our souls to the
world and the flesh which should have been reserved for God