J E R E M I A H.
A variety of methods is tried, and every stone
turned, to awaken the Jews to a sense of their sin and to bring
them to repentance and reformation. The scope and tendency of many
of the prophet's sermons was to frighten them out of their
disobedience, by setting before them what would be the end thereof
if they persisted in it. The scope of this sermon, in this chapter,
is to shame them out of their disobedience if they had any sense of
honour left in them for a discourse of this nature to fasten upon.
I. He sets before them the obedience of the family of the
Rechabites to the commands which were left them by Jonadab their
ancestor, and how they persevered in that obedience and would not
be tempted from it, ver.
1-11. II. With this he aggravates the disobedience of
the Jews to God and their contempt of his precepts, ver. 12-15. III. He foretels the
judgments of God upon the Jews for their impious disobedience to
God, ver. 16, 17. IV.
He assures the Rechabites of the blessing of God upon them for
their pious obedience to their father, ver. 18, 19.