Jeremiah 38:5-18, 24, 28
While the prophet was in the court of the prison, he continued to warn and advise the people for their good, bidding them yield themselves to Nebuchadnezzar. On this account the princes complained of him to the king, as disheartening the people.
Poor vacillating monarch! He had no mind of his own, and was a mere tool in the hands of the princes. Many fall into great sin from want of manly firmness. They do wrong because they have not the courage to say “No.”
What a loathsome place! Truly, through much tribulation many holy men have inherited the kingdom.
A Gentile was more gentle than a Jew. He had a black skin, but a tender heart.) (Easily led, the king turned round in a moment.
Good deeds should be done tenderly; the bare cords would have hurt the emaciated prophet. Ebed-melech was thoughtful for his comfort.
This was said in private, for the timid prince was afraid of his nobles. What a wretched, cringing spirit he had; the courage of the prophet stands out in grand contrast.
Never let us thus tremble, and fear wicked men. Moral courage can be gained by prayer to God, and timid spirits should seek it daily, for the want of it may prove their ruin. A soldier of Jesus ought never to be a coward.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own his cause,
Or blush to speak his name?
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by thy word.