Ezekiel 14* Threatenings against hypocrites. (1-11) God's purpose topunish the guilty Jews, but a few should be saved. (12-23)1-11 No outward form or reformation can be acceptable to God,so long as any idol possesses the heart; yet how many prefertheir own devices and their own righteousness, to the way ofsalvation! Men's corruptions are idols in their hearts, and areof their own setting up; God will let them take their course.Sin renders the sinner odious in the eyes of the pure and holyGod; and in his own eyes also, whenever conscience is awakened.Let us seek to be cleansed from the guilt and pollution of sins,in that fountain which the Lord has opened. 12-23 National sins bring national judgments. Though sinnersescape one judgment, another is waiting for them. When God'sprofessing people rebel against him, they may justly expect allhis judgments. The faith, obedience, and prayers of Noahprevailed to the saving of his house, but not of the old world.Job's sacrifice and prayer in behalf of his friends wereaccepted, and Daniel had prevailed for the saving his companionsand the wise men of Babylon. But a people that had filled themeasure of their sins, was not to expect to escape for the sakeof any righteous men living among them; not even of the mosteminent saints, who could be accepted in their own case onlythrough the sufferings and righteousness of Christ. Yet evenwhen God makes the greatest desolations by his judgments, hesaves some to be monuments of his mercy. In firm belief that weshall approve the whole of God's dealings with ourselves, andwith all mankind, let us silence all rebellious murmurs andobjections.
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