Ezekiel 11* Divine judgments against the wicked at Jerusalem. (1-13)Divine favour towards those in captivity. (14-21) The Divinepresence forsakes the city. (22-25)1-13 Where Satan cannot persuade men to look upon the judgmentto come as uncertain, he gains his point by persuading them tolook upon it as at a distance. These wretched rulers dare tosay, We are as safe in this city as flesh in a boiling pot; thewalls of the city shall be to us as walls of brass, we shallreceive no more damage from the besiegers than the caldron doesfrom the fire. When sinners flatter themselves to their ownruin, it is time to tell them they shall have no peace if theygo on. None shall remain in possession of the city but those whoare buried in it. Those are least safe who are most secure. Godis often pleased to single out some sinners for warning toothers. Whether Pelatiah died at that time in Jerusalem, or whenthe fulfilment of the prophecy drew near, is uncertain. LikeEzekiel, we ought to be much affected with the sudden death ofothers, and we should still plead with the Lord to have mercy onthose who remain. 14-21 The pious captives in Babylon were insulted by the Jewswho continued in Jerusalem; but God made gracious promises tothem. It is promised, that God will give them one heart; a heartfirmly fixed for God, and not wavering. All who are made holyhave a new spirit, a new temper and dispositions; they act fromnew principles, walk by new rules, and aim at new ends. A newname, or a new face, will not serve without a new spirit. If anyman be in Christ, he is a new creature. The carnal heart, like astone, cannot be made to feel. Men live among the dead anddying, and are neither concerned nor humbled. He will make theirhearts tender and fit to receive impressions: this is God'swork, it is his gift by promise; and a wonderful and happychange is wrought by it, from death to life. Their practicesshall be agreeable to those principles. These two must and willgo together. When the sinner feels his need of these blessings,let him present the promises as prayers in the name of Christ,they will be performed. 22-25 Here is the departure of God's presence from the city andtemple. It was from the Mount of Olives that the vision went up,typifying the ascension of Christ to heaven from that verymountain. Though the Lord will not forsake his people, yet hemay be driven away from any part of his visible church by theirsins, and woe will be upon them when He withdraws his presence,glory, and protection.
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