For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2003 James Melough

45:1.  “The 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,”


45:2.  “Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch:”


45:3.  “Thou 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.”


It is generally accepted that chronologically this chapter follows 36:1-8.


It seems that Baruch, after having written all that the Lord had revealed unto Jeremiah, was overwhelmed at the terrible judgments about to fall upon Judah because of her disobedience, and now his master, Jeremiah, had a word of comfort from God for His grief-stricken servant.  This reminds us that even in the midst of affairs that concern nations, and that are millennia-long in scope, God still has time to take note of what concerns one individual, as it is written, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows,” Lk 12:6-7.


45:4.  “Thus 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.”


This, in brief, is the confirmation of God’s intention to destroy that wicked generation of Judah: an intention that nothing could change, because the people’s refusal to repent within God’s time had sealed their doom.


45:5.  “And 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.”


“... great things” is also translated smooth fortunes: special treatment.  Faithful servant though he had been to Jeremiah and therefore to God, Baruch was being advised that this would not exempt him from having to share in the general misery occasioned by Judah’s wickedness; and in this we are being reminded that faithfulness doesn’t exempt any believer from having to partake of sufferings that are common to all mankind, or from having to suffer the results of judgments incurred by the sinfulness of the unconverted.  Our blessings are not according to earthly standards, as we are reminded in Eph 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places (things) in Christ.”  The Lord also warned us not to be looking for our reward here on earth, but rather to having to suffer tribulation, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” Jn 16:33.


“I will bring evil upon all flesh” appears to go beyond judgment upon Judah, and to point to the world-wide judgments of the coming Tribulation.


“... but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey....”  Baruch might not be exempt from trial and suffering, but he was assured that his life would be spared until it came God’s time to take him home; and that same assurance is given every believer.  This obviously doesn’t mean that every believer is exempt from having to die a violent death, for it is obvious that many do die just such a death.  It is the assurance rather that whether the believer dies a natural or a violent death, he takes out into the eternal enjoyment of heaven that spiritual life obtained through faith, and that can never die.

[Jeremiah 46]


     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
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