THE “SUMMER IS ENDED”

Jeremiah 8:20-22 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Matthew Henry:

As salvation only can be found in the Lord, so the present moment should be seized.

Is there no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom?

Is there no skilful, faithful hand to apply the medicine?

Yes, God is able to help and to heal them.

If sinners die of their wounds, their blood is upon their own heads.

The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, his Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that the people may be healed, but will not.

Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved.

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