Ezekiel 33* Ezekiel's duty as a watchman. (1-9) He is to vindicate theDivine government. (10-20) The desolation of Judea. (21-29)Judgments on the mockers of the prophets. (30-33)1-9 The prophet is a watchman to the house of Israel. Hisbusiness is to warn sinners of their misery and danger. He mustwarn the wicked to turn from their way, that they may live. Ifsouls perish through his neglect of duty, he brings guilt uponhimself. See what those have to answer for, who make excuses forsin, flatter sinners, and encourage them to believe they shallhave peace, though they go on. How much wiser are men in theirtemporal than in their spiritual concerns! They set watchmen toguard their houses, and sentinels to warn of the enemies'approach, but where the everlasting happiness or misery of thesoul is at stake, they are offended if ministers obey theirMaster's command, and give a faithful warning; they would ratherperish, listening to smooth things. 10-20 Those who despaired of finding mercy with God, areanswered with a solemn declaration of God's readiness to showmercy. The ruin of the city and state was determined, but thatdid not relate to the final state of persons. God says to therighteous, that he shall surely live. But many who have madeprofession, have been ruined by proud confidence in themselves.Man trusts to his own righteousness, and presuming on his ownsufficiency, he is brought to commit iniquity. If those who havelived a wicked life repent and forsake their wicked ways, theyshall be saved. Many such amazing and blessed changes have beenwrought by the power of Divine grace. When there is a settledseparation between a man and sin, there shall no longer be aseparation between him and God. 21-29 Those are unteachable indeed, who do not learn theirdependence upon God, when all creature-comforts fail. Many claiman interest in the peculiar blessings to true believers, whiletheir conduct proves them enemies of God. They call thisgroundless presumption strong faith, when God's testimonydeclares them entitled to his threatenings, and nothing else. 30-33 Unworthy and corrupt motives often lead men to the placeswhere the word of God is faithfully preached. Many come to findsomewhat to oppose: far more come of curiosity or mere habit.Men may have their hearts changed. But whether men hear orforbear, they will know by the event that a servant of God hasbeen among them. All who will not know the worth of mercies bythe improvement of them, will justly be made to know their worthby the want of them.
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