The Prayers of J.Calvin – Jeremiah Lectures (6)

JCalvinPicContinuing our posts of the prayers of John Calvin following his lectures on the OT prophecy of Jeremiah, today we post a brief section from his fifth lecture and the prayer that concludes it. This covers Jeremiah 2:6-11.

The section from which I quote pertains especially to v.9 where the Lord says to His apostatizing people, “Wherefore I will yet plead (i.e., contend) with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead.” Here is one application Calvin makes to us:

Let us then learn from this passage, that whenever God reproves us, not only in words, but in reality, and reminds us of our sins, we do not so suffer for one fault as to be free for the future, but that until we from the heart repent, he ever sounds in our ears these words, ‘Still God will contend with you;’ and a real contention is meant; for Jeremiah speaks not of naked doctrine, but intimates that the Jews were to be led before God’s tribunal, because they ceased not to provoke his wrath….

And then this prayer ends this section:

Grant, Almighty God, that since thou hast made thyself known to us in so plain a manner, not only by thy law and prophets, but also by thine only-begotten Son, that the knowledge of thy truth ought to have already struck deep roots in us, — O grant, that we may continue firm and constant in thy holy vocation, and make continual progress in it, and ever hasten forward to the goal: and do thou so humble us under thy mighty hand, that we may know that we are paternally chastised by thee, and profit under thy discipline, until being at length purified from all our vices we shall come to enjoy that immortal life, which has been made known to us by Christ, when we shall be able fully to rejoice in thee. -Amen

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