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Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
Jeremiah 45

 

 

Verses 1-5

CHAPTER 45

This is the shortest chapter and contains a special message to Baruch, the companion and secretary of the prophet Jeremiah. It must be noticed that this did not take place in Egypt, where now the prophet and his friend sojourned, but it was in the fourth year of Jehoiakim. Baruch had just finished writing the words which Jeremiah dictated. It was no doubt a strenuous task, and when Baruch laid down his pen, the work having been finished, the Lord sent him a special message, showing that He had not forgotten the faithful scribe. He, too, was deeply exercised over the existing conditions; he shared the grief and sorrow of the prophet. But there must have been a measure of disappointment in Baruch’s heart. Had he expected some special recognition? Was he seeking something for himself, expecting great things? Had he planned and was he lifted up with some high ambition? It would seem that such was the case, for He who knows the thoughts of His creatures from afar said to him: “And seeketh thou great things for thyself? Seek them not.” It is the very heart of the old nature to seek great things, to be ambitious for earthly possessions and honors, to please oneself. God’s people need to watch against this more than against anything else. It is the very crime of the devil, pride 1 Timothy 3:66). Every high ambition must be dethroned; the only ambition worthy of a child of God is to please Him, who lived on earth, never pleasing Himself, who made of Himself no reputation. How it ought to ring in our hearts daily: “Seeketh thou great things? Seek them not.” Seek not recognition in this poor age; wait for His day. And Baruch is assured of God’s protection and care.

 


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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Jeremiah 45:4". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gab/jeremiah-45.html. 1913-1922.

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Friday, August 23rd, 2019
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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