Ezekiel 17* A parable relative to the Jewish nation. (1-10) to which anexplanation is added. (11-21) A direct promise of the Messiah.(22-24)1-10 Mighty conquerors are aptly likened to birds or beasts ofprey, but their destructive passions are overruled to forwardGod's designs. Those who depart from God, only vary their crimesby changing one carnal confidence for another, and never willprosper. 11-21 The parable is explained, and the particulars of thehistory of the Jewish nation at that time may be traced.Zedekiah had been ungrateful to his benefactor, which is a sinagainst God. In every solemn oath, God is appealed to as awitness of the sincerity of him that swears. Truth is a debtowing to all men. If the professors of the true religion dealtreacherously with those of a false religion, their professionmakes their sin the worse; and God will the more surely andseverely punish it. The Lord will not hold those guiltless whotake his name in vain; and no man shall escape the righteousjudgment of God who dies under unrepented guilt. 22-24 The unbelief of man shall not make the promise of God ofnone effect. The parable of a tree, used in the threatening, ishere presented in the promise. It appears only applicable toJesus, the Son of David, the Messiah of God. The kingdom ofSatan, which has borne so long, so large a sway, shall bebroken, and the kingdom of Christ, which was looked upon withcontempt, shall be established. Blessed be God, our Redeemer isseen even by the ends of the earth. We may find refuge from thewrath to come, and from every enemy and danger, under hisshadow; and believers are fruitful in him.
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