Ezekiel 29* The desolation of Egypt. (1-16) Also a promise of mercy toIsrael. (17-21)1-16 Worldly, carnal minds pride themselves in their property,forgetting that whatever we have, we received it from God, andshould use it for God. Why, then, do we boast? Self is the greatidol which all the world worships, in contempt of God and hissovereignty. God can force men out of that in which they aremost secure and easy. Such a one, and all that cleave to him,shall perish together. Thus end men's pride, presumption, andcarnal security. The Lord is against those who do harm to hispeople, and still more against those who lead them into sin.Egypt shall be a kingdom again, but it shall be the basest ofthe kingdoms; it shall have little wealth and power. Historyshows the complete fulfilment of this prophecy. God, not only injustice, but in wisdom and goodness to us, breaks thecreature-stays on which we lean, that they may be no more ourconfidence. 17-21 The besiegers of Tyre obtained little plunder. But whenGod employs ambitious or covetous men, he will recompense themaccording to the desires of their hearts; for every man shallhave his reward. God had mercy in store for the house of Israelsoon after. The history of nations best explains ancientprophecies. All events fulfil the Scriptures. Thus, in thedeepest scenes of adversity, the Lord sows the seed of ourfuture prosperity. Happy are those who desire his favour, grace,and image; they will delight in his service, and not covet anyearthly recompence; and the blessings they have chosen shall besure to them for ever.
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