J E R E M I A H.
The sermon which we have in this and the following
chapter is of a very different complexion from all those before.
The prophet does indeed, by direction from God, change his voice.
Most of what he had said hitherto was by way of reproof and
threatening; but these two chapters are wholly taken up with
precious promises of a return out of captivity, and that typical of
the glorious things reserved for the church in the days of the
Messiah. The prophet is told not only to preach this, but to write
it, because it is intended for the comfort of the generation to
come, ver. 1-3. It is
here promised, I. That they should hereafter have a joyful
restoration. 1. Though they were now in a great deal of pain and
terror, ver. 4-7. 2.
Though their oppressors were very strong, ver. 8-10. 3. Though a full end was made
of other nations, and they were not restored, ver. 11. 4. Though all means of their
deliverance seemed to fail and be cut off, ver. 12-14. 5. Though God himself had
sent them into captivity, and justly, for their sins, ver. 15, 16. 6. Though all about
them looked upon their case as desperate, ver. 17. II. That after their joyful
restoration they should have a happy settlement, that their city
should be rebuilt (ver.
18), their numbers increased (ver. 19, 20), their government established
(ver. 21), God's covenant
with them renewed (ver.
22), and their enemies destroyed and cut off, ver. 23, 24.