Ezekiel 12

* The approaching captivity. (1-16) An emblem of the

consternation of the Jews. (17-20) Answers to the objections of

scoffers. (21-28)

1-16 By the preparation for removal, and his breaking through

the wall of his house at evening, as one desirous to escape from

the enemy, the prophet signified the conduct and fate of

Zedekiah. When God has delivered us, we must glorify him and

edify others, by acknowledging our sins. Those who by

afflictions are brought to this, are made to know that God is

the Lord, and may help to bring others to know him.
17-20 The prophet must eat and drink in care and fear, with

trembling, that he might express the condition of those in

Jerusalem during the siege. When ministers speak of the ruin

coming upon sinners, they must speak as those that know the

terrors of the Lord. Afflictions are happy ones, however

grievous to flesh and blood, that improve us in the knowledge of

21-28 From that forbearance of God, which should have led them

to repent, the Jews hardened themselves in sin. It will not

serve for an excuse in speaking evil, to plead that it is a

common saying. There is but a step between us and an awful

eternity; therefore it concerns us to get ready for a future

state. No one will be able to put from himself the evil day,

unless by seeking peace with the Lord.

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