The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 2:6
Neither said they, where is the Lord?
&c.] They did not ask
after him, nor seek his face and favour, nor worship him, nor took any
notice of the blessings he bestowed upon them:
that brought us up out of the land of Egypt?
by means of Moses the
deliverer, with a mighty hand, and outstretched arm; for, though Moses
was the instrument, God was the efficient cause of the deliverance;
the favour was his, and the glory of it ought to have been given to
that led us through the wilderness;
of "Shur", or of "Sin", the desert
of Arabia, (Exodus 15:22) (16:1) and a dreadful and terrible one it was:
through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and
of the shadow of death;
where were scorpions, fiery serpents, drought,
and no water, and so very dangerous as well as uncomfortable
travelling; and yet through all this they were led, and wonderfully
supplied and preserved;
through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt;
there was no passenger in it, nor inhabitants on it, so that there were
none to relieve them; whence it appears, that all their supply,
support, and preservation, were from the Lord. The Jews F25 interpret
this of the first man Adam, after this manner,
``all land, concerning which the first man decreed that it
should be inhabited, it is inhabited; and all land, concerning
which he did not decree it should be inhabited, it is not
inhabited; and such they suggest was this wilderness;''
see (Deuteronomy 8:15) .
F25 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 31. 1. & Sota, fol. 46. 2.