Jeremiah 45:5 (KJV)
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.
I can’t imagine what great thing Baruch would have aspired to.
- The royalty and wealthy had been taken captive to Babylon
- The remnant, poor and unwanted had fled to Egypt
- They had forced Jeremiah (and I assume Baruch too) to go with them
- Did he mean popularity?
- Did he mean wealth?
- Did he mean influence and power?
I hardly think he could have thought those.
“When my own peculiar people, a “whole” nation and the temple, are being given to ruin, dost thou expect to be exempt from all hardship?”
Perhaps the great things he expected was simply to be free of the trouble. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown continues,
“Baruch had raised his expectations too high in this world, and this made his distresses harder to be borne.”
It’s not popular Christianity today, especially since we have been spared so much hardship for so long, but perhaps it’s time we stop expecting to be treated as well as we have been.
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