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August 14 Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 46-48
“Fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel!”
These three chapters of Holy Scripture pronounce God’s judgments upon the enemies of his ancient people. Read them, my soul, as they are intended by God the Holy Ghost, as a promise from the Triune Jehovah to his church as a whole, and to everyone of his elect scattered throughout the world, and the ages of time. — “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee” (Jeremiah 46:28).
The promises here set before us belong to the Israel of God in all ages. The salvation of God’s elect is sure. Not one shall perish. At the appointed time of love, each one shall be called to life and faith in Christ. Each one shall be “preserved blameless unto the coming of Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and presented “faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
God’s Jacob shall not finally be lost, nor his Israel forsaken. Cast down his children may be, when their sins and rebellions make chastisements necessary; but cast off they never can be. Though we are utterly worthy of being cast off forever, though our sins are such that everlasting abandonment is what we know we deserve in ourselves, we are in Christ, in him precious to God, and altogether holy, unblameable, and unreprovable! He has taken away our sins and made us the very righteousness of God. Rejoice! Give thanks to God! Praise him forever!
God’s judgment shall fall upon the wicked in every nation. All the nations of the earth shall, at last, be destroyed because of sin and rebellion. God’s word to Moab must be rightly applied to all nations. — “Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord” (Jeremiah 48:42). But even in Moab there is a remnant according to the election of grace who must be saved. — “Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 48:47).
Scattered among all the nations of the earth, God has his chosen; and he will save them. Let us, therefore, devote ourselves to preaching the Gospel throughout the world, using every means at our disposal to do so. It is by this means that God calls out and save his elect. — “For it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians1:21).
Oh, blessed sin-bearing Lamb of God, what everlasting love and praises the ages of eternity will bring in to you in an endless revenue of glory, when you have finally brought all your redeemed home, and forever secured them beyond the reach of all possibility of danger in your own eternal righteousness in heavenly glory!