Ezekiel 22* The sins of Jerusalem. (1-16) Israel is condemned as dross.(17-22) As the corruption is general, so shall be thepunishment. (23-31)1-16 The prophet is to judge the bloody city; the city ofbloods. Jerusalem is so called, because of her crimes. The sinswhich Jerusalem stands charged with, are exceeding sinful.Murder, idolatry, disobedience to parents, oppression andextortion, profanation of the sabbath and holy things, seventhcommandment sins, lewdness and adultery. Unmindfulness of Godwas at the bottom of all this wickedness. Sinners provoke Godbecause they forget him. Jerusalem has filled the measure of hersins. Those who give up themselves to be ruled by their lusts,will justly be given up to be portioned by them. Those whoresolve to be their own masters, let them expect no otherhappiness than their own hands can furnish; and a miserableportion it will prove. 17-22 Israel, compared with other nations, had been as the goldand silver compared with baser metals. But they were now as therefuse that is consumed in the furnace, or thrown away when thesilver is refined. Sinners, especially backsliding professors,are, in God's account, useless and fit for nothing. When Godbrings his own people into the furnace, he sits by them as therefiner by his gold, to see that they are not continued thereany longer than is fitting and needful. The dross shall bewholly separated, and the good metal purified. Let those whosuffer pains, or lingering sickness, and find that their heartscan scarcely bear these light and momentary afflictions, takewarning to flee from the wrath to come; for if these trials arenot sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the cleansingtheir hearts and hands from sin, far worse things will come uponthem. 23-31 All orders and degrees of men had helped to fill themeasure of the nation's guilt. The people that had any powerabused it, and even the buyers and sellers find some way tooppress one another. It bodes ill to a people when judgments arebreaking in upon them, and the spirit of prayer is restrained.Let all who fear God, unite to promote his truth andrighteousness; as wicked men of every rank and profession plottogether to run them down.
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