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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 45

n encouragement sent to Baruch.

- Baruch was employed in writing Jeremiah's prophecies, and reading them, see ch. (Jer 36), and was threatened for it by the king. Young beginners in religion are apt to be discouraged with little difficulties, which they commonly meet with at first in the service of God. These complaints and fears came from his corruptions. Baruch had raised his expectations too high in this world, and that made the distress and trouble he was in harder to be borne. The frowns of the world would not disquiet us, if we did not foolishly flatter ourselves with the hopes of its smiles, and court and covet them. What a folly is it then to seek great things for ourselves here, where every thing is little, and nothing certain! The Lord knows the real cause of our fretfulness and despondency better than we do, and we should beg of him to examine our hearts, and to repress every wrong desire in us.

 


David Burnette's Life Application


Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Jeremiah 45. In our text today we see Baruch who was the scribe of Jeremiah being upset in the service of the Lord as he took his eyes off Jesus. In making application we see how that we can loose our focus and joy when we get eyes off Jesus. All who are saved will have a ministry or service of the Lord and if we take our eyes off Jesus we will be as Baruch, upset in the service of Sarah. How about you? Do you get frustrated in your service to the Lord? Let us learn from out text today and the example of Baruch to see that if we take our eyes off Jesus we will have the tendency to loose our joy as we attempt to serve the Lord in our flesh verses serving them in the power of the Lord. 

 

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Jeremiah 45

Jeremiah 45

 1The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

 2Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch:

 3Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.

 4Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.

 5And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.