Ezekiel 24* The fate of Jerusalem. (1-14) The extent of the sufferings ofthe Jews. (15-27)1-14 The pot on the fire represented Jerusalem besieged by theChaldeans: all orders and ranks were within the walls, preparedas a prey for the enemy. They ought to have put away theirtransgressions, as the scum, which rises by the heat of thefire, is taken from the top of the pot. But they grew worse, andtheir miseries increased. Jerusalem was to be levelled with theground. The time appointed for the punishment of wicked men mayseem to come slowly, but it will come surely. It is sad to thinkhow many there are, on whom ordinances and providences are alllost. 15-27 Though mourning for the dead is a duty, yet it must bekept under by religion and right reason: we must not sorrow asmen that have no hope. Believers must not copy the language andexpressions of those who know not God. The people asked themeaning of the sign. God takes from them all that was dearest tothem. And as Ezekiel wept not for his affliction, so neithershould they weep for theirs. Blessed be God, we need not pineaway under our afflictions; for should all comforts fail, andall sorrows be united, yet the broken heart and the mourner'sprayer are always acceptable before God.
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