Jeremiah 38. ＆39.
In the darkest page of history there is a gleam of sunshine, and in the chapters before us we have a bright illustration of the Gospel.
Ⅰ. As the princes got Jeremiah put into the miry pit, so sin has placed us in the pit of iniquity and unbelief (Ps.40:2).
Ⅱ. As Ebed-melech sought to rescue Jeremiah from the pit, and to save him from the death of starvation (Jeremiah 38:7-9), so Christ has died and acted for us, to deliver us from the wrath to come (1. Thess.1:10).
Ⅲ. As Ebed-melech acted according to the word of the king, so Christ has acted according to the word of God (John 17:4).
Ⅳ. As Ebed-melech provided means to rescue Jeremiah (verse 11), so the Lord has decreed that those who are saved shall bear His message of salvation to others (John 20:21).
Ⅴ. As Jeremiah was saved from the miry pit by acting according to the instructions that were given to him (verse 12), so we are saved by doing as the Lord directs (John 5:24).
Ⅵ. As Jeremiah was assured by the king that he should not be put to death (Jer.38:16), so the Lord assures us that we shall never perish (John 10:28,29).
Ⅶ. As Ebed-melech was rewarded because of his trust in the Lord ( Jer. 19:16-18), so all those who trust in Christ are rewarded with all spiritual blessings in Him (Eph.1:3).
── F.E. Marsh《Five Hundred Bible Readings》