Ezekiel 16* A parable showing the first low estate of the Jewish nation,its prosperity, idolatries, and punishment.1-58 In this chapter God's dealings with the Jewish nation, andtheir conduct towards him, are described, and their punishmentthrough the surrounding nations, even those they most trustedin. This is done under the parable of an exposed infant rescuedfrom death, educated, espoused, and richly provided for, butafterwards guilty of the most abandoned conduct, and punishedfor it; yet at last received into favour, and ashamed of herbase conduct. We are not to judge of these expressions by modernideas, but by those of the times and places in which they wereused, where many of them would not sound as they do to us. Thedesign was to raise hatred to idolatry, and such a parable waswell suited for that purpose. 59-63 After a full warning of judgments, mercy is remembered,mercy is reserved. These closing verses are a precious promise,in part fulfilled at the return of the penitent and reformedJews out of Babylon, but to have fuller accomplishment in gospeltimes. The Divine mercy should be powerful to melt our heartsinto godly sorrow for sin. Nor will God ever leave the sinner toperish, who is humbled for his sins, and comes to trust in Hismercy and grace through Jesus Christ; but will keep him by hispower, through faith unto salvation.
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