Ezekiel 12* The approaching captivity. (1-16) An emblem of theconsternation of the Jews. (17-20) Answers to the objections ofscoffers. (21-28)1-16 By the preparation for removal, and his breaking throughthe wall of his house at evening, as one desirous to escape fromthe enemy, the prophet signified the conduct and fate ofZedekiah. When God has delivered us, we must glorify him andedify others, by acknowledging our sins. Those who byafflictions are brought to this, are made to know that God isthe Lord, and may help to bring others to know him. 17-20 The prophet must eat and drink in care and fear, withtrembling, that he might express the condition of those inJerusalem during the siege. When ministers speak of the ruincoming upon sinners, they must speak as those that know theterrors of the Lord. Afflictions are happy ones, howevergrievous to flesh and blood, that improve us in the knowledge ofGod. 21-28 From that forbearance of God, which should have led themto repent, the Jews hardened themselves in sin. It will notserve for an excuse in speaking evil, to plead that it is acommon saying. There is but a step between us and an awfuleternity; therefore it concerns us to get ready for a futurestate. No one will be able to put from himself the evil day,unless by seeking peace with the Lord.
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