Ezekiel 21* The ruin of Judah under the emblem of a sharp sword. (1-17)The approach of the king of Babylon described. (18-27) Thedestruction of the Ammonites. (28-32)1-17 Here is an explanation of the parable in the last chapter.It is declared that the Lord was about to cut off Jerusalem andthe whole land, that all might know it was his decree against awicked and rebellious people. It behoves those who denounce theawful wrath of God against sinners, to show that they do notdesire the woful day. The example of Christ teaches us to lamentover those whose ruin we declare. Whatever instruments God usesin executing his judgments, he will strengthen them according tothe service they are employed in. The sword glitters to theterror of those against whom it is drawn. It is a sword toothers, a rod to the people of the Lord. God is in earnest inpronouncing this sentence, and the prophet must show himself inearnest in publishing it. 18-27 By the Spirit of prophecy Ezekiel foresawNebuchadnezzar's march from Babylon, which he would determine bydivination. The Lord would overturn the government of Judah,till the coming of Him whose right it is. This seems to foretellthe overturnings of the Jewish nation to the present day, andthe troubles of states and kingdoms, which shall make way forestablishing the Messiah's kingdom throughout the earth. TheLord secretly leads all to adopt his wise designs. And in themidst of the most tremendous warnings of wrath, we still hear ofmercy, and some mention of Him through whom mercy is shown tosinful men. 28-32 The diviners of the Ammonites made false prophecies ofvictory. They would never recover their power, but in time wouldbe wholly forgotten. Let us be thankful to be employed asinstruments of mercy; let us use our understandings in doinggood; and let us stand aloof from men who are only skilful todestroy.
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