Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD.…
I. AGAINST WHOM THIS CURSE IS DENOUNCED.
1. Those who do not realise their dependence on God for all true happiness, but think it lies in worldly gain.
2. Those who trust in man and make flesh their arm, and neglect to fix all dependence on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. Those who depend on a form of godliness without the power, and, excepting a little animal sympathy, remain cold as ever.
II. HOW THESE RESEMBLE THE HEATH IN THE DESERT.
1. In barrenness and deformity.
2. In being desolate, forsaken, and unblest.
3. While the holy land is refreshed with dew from heaven, the desert remains parched as before.
4. Showers falling on desert heath only promote the growth of deformed shrubs; and the influence of heaven falling on this class calls forth a more fatal resistance of the Holy Spirit.
5. The heath cannot be made fruitful; and all God's visitations fall unregarded on many.
6. It is plain that, while many obey the Gospel call, others remain desolate and uncheered by any heavenly influence.
(E. Griffin, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.