Jeremiah 45:5 Great Things

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

Great things?

  • Did he mean popularity?
  • Did he mean wealth?
  • Did he mean influence and power?

I hardly think he could have thought those. 

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown says,
“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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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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