Jeremiah 33:1
While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time:
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Revelation of God's Purpose to Him Who Performs His WillA.F. Muir Jeremiah 33:1-3
A Divine Message Sent into a PrisonD. C. Hughes, M. A.Jeremiah 33:1-9
The Method of Divine ProcedureJ. Parker, D. D.Jeremiah 33:1-9
Jeremiah had resolutely witnessed to the truth, and now he was confined in the king's prison in order to his being silenced. But so far from the Divine communications being less frequent, they were more so, and, if possible, more weighty and important. The word of the Lord came to him the second time (ver. 1), and a gracious revelation of God's power and willingness to bless.

I. GOD IS WITH THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE. It was a token of his love that Jeremiah should receive this assurance, and one which he was most certain to appreciate. Prisoners and martyrs for conscience' sake in all ages of the Church have been similarly consoled. There are special and peculiar consolations for persons so situated. God is nearer then than at other times. His promises are greater and brighter, and his presence more felt. Who would not suffer thus to be thus comforted?

II. GOD REQUESTS US TO ASK OF HIM THE THINGS WE MOST DESIRE. Not that there are not circumstances of such a character as to call forth spontaneous proofs of his favour and love. But seeking and asking are exercises of faith, which cannot long be dispensed with in our intercourse with our heavenly Father, even although "he knoweth what things we have need of before we ask him" (Matthew 6:8). And this because:

1. The exercises of the soul in prayer and faith are greater benefits in them selves than most things that are to be procured through them.

2. Such exercises are a preparation of the soul for heavenly gifts and communications, and keep it in readiness for them.

3. They are pleasing to God, and gratify his love. The answer is certain, and, indeed, waiting; but he loves to be asked. There is no more endearing position in the sight of God than that of prayer.

III. THOSE WHO FAITHFULLY OBEY GOD'S WILL, WILL LEARN SOMETHING OF HIS PURPOSE. Revelations of surpassing magnitude await the prophet in the darkness of his prison house. He did not hesitate to proclaim God's will, and to submit to the consequences of so doing; he is to receive his reward in further disclosures. And these are of the most gracious and consolatory description. But apart from this, the mere communication of the Divine purpose to him was a sign of favour and honour; his truest satisfaction and peace were to be found in hearing God's voice, and being considered worthy to share the secrets of the Divine future. Man is steward of the present; God retains his hold upon the future, and only discloses it for the reward of faithful men, and for great and merciful ends.

1. Great things, in their scope, character, and influences as belonging to salvation.

2. Secret things (Authorized Version renders this word "mighty"). Not belonging to ordinary experience, but to God's counsel. - M.







The Word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison.
I. A TRUE CHILD OF GOD AND AN HONOURED PROPHET IN DISGRACE AND AFFLICTION (ver. 1). Let not the child of God think that his sorrows are always because of his Sins.

II. THOUGH DESPISED OF MAN, THE PROPHET WAS HONOURED OF GOD (vers. 1, 2).

1. To receive communications from the Divine mind is the highest honour.

2. He whom God honours and owns as His child need not fear what man can do.

III. DIVINE CONSOLATION TO AN AFFLICTED SERVANT (ver. 3).

1. The most precious of all privileges, that of prayer: "Call unto Me."

2. The most marvellous of all assurances: "And I will answer thee."

3. The most encouraging of all promises: "I will . . . show thee great and mighty things."

IV. THE ADVERSITY AND PROSPERITY OF NATIONS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF GOD (vers. 4-7).

1. It is impossible properly to construe the history of a nation without reference to the moral government of God.

2. National prosperity or adversity has always been in the line of national virtue or vice.

V. THE ESSENTIAL CONDITIONS OF NATIONAL AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL HEALING (vers. 8, 9).

1. It is essential that God come to do the work. "I will cleanse," &c.

2. It is essential that God work upon our moral natures. "I will cleanse them from all their iniquity."

3. It is essential that God work upon our moral natures by the assurance of the forgiveness of sin. "I will pardon all," &c.

4. This moral and spiritual cleansing and pardon are essential for the appreciation of the Divine goodness: "And they shall fear," &c.

5. This spiritual healing shall manifest forth the glory of God: "It shall be to Me a name," &c.

(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)

The prophet, when the Word of the Lord came unto him, was in a good hearing place, "shut up in the court of the prison." Shut up unjustly, it was no prison to him, but a sanctuary, with God's altar visibly in it, and God Himself irradiating the altar with a light above the brightness of the sun. How hardly shall they that have riches hear the Gospel. Their ears are already filled; their attention is already occupied. What keen ears poverty has I What eyes the blind man has! — inner eyes, eyes of expectation. We should have had no world worth living in but for the prison, the darkness, the trouble, the blindness, the sorrow, which have constituted such precious elements in our lot. There would have been no poetry written if there had been no sorrow. Jeremiah heard more in the prison than he ever heard in the palace. God knows where His children are. There are a thousand prisons in life. We must not narrow words into their lowest meanings, but enlarge them into their broadest significance, He is in prison who is in trouble, who is in fear, who is in conscious penitence, without having received the complete assurance of pardon; he is in prison who has sold his liberty, is lying under condemnation, secret or open; and he is in prison who has lost his first love, his early enthusiasm that was loaded with dew like a flower in the morning. Whatever our prison is, God knows it, can find us, can send a word of His own directly to us, and can make us forget outward circumstances in inward content and peace and joy.

(J. Parker, D. D.)

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