The Prayers of J.Calvin (14)

JCalvinPic1We continue on this Sunday night our posts on the prayers of John Calvin (see my previous Sunday posts in Nov./Dec., 2014 and now in Jan./Feb./March 2015), which follow his lectures on the OT prophecy of Jeremiah (Baker reprint, 1979). Tonight we post a brief section from his thirteenth lecture and the prayer that concludes it.

This lecture covers Jeremiah 3:19-25, which includes this commentary on God’s word of mercy to His wayward people in v.19:

We now, then, perceive the meaning of the Prophet: for he humbles the Israelites by this ascribing astonishment to God, as though it was a thing very difficult to be done [that is, to deliver them from their sin]; but at the same time he gives them hope, because salvation was prepared for them, provided they called on God with a sincere heart, and acknowledged him as their Father, and that perseveringly, without ever turning aside from him. In  short, God intimates that the Israelites were like dead men, and that their salvation was hopeless, without a resurrection (p.190).

This lecture Calvin ends with this plea:

Grant, Almighty God, that as we cease not, though favoured with many blessings, to provoke thee by our misdeed, as though we avowedly carried on war against thee, – O grant, that we being at length warned by those examples, by which thou invitest us to repentance, may restrain our depraved nature, and in due time repent, and so devote ourselves to thy service, that thy name through us may be glorified, and that we may strive to bring into the way of salvation those who seem to be now lost, so that thy mercy may extend far and wide, and that thus thy salvation, obtained through Christ thine only-begotten Son, may be known and embraced by all nations. –Amen (p.197).

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