Ezekiel 36

* The land shall be delivered from heathen oppressors. (1-15)

The people are reminded of former sins, and promised

deliverance. (16-24) Also holiness, and gospel blessings.

(25-38)

1-15 Those who put contempt and reproach on God's people, will

have them turned on themselves. God promises favour to his

Israel. We have no reason to complain, if the more unkind men

are, the more kind God is. They shall come again to their own

border. It was a type of the heavenly Canaan, of which all God's

children are heirs, and into which they all shall be brought

together. And when God returns in mercy to a people who return

to him in duty, all their grievances will be set right. The full

completion of this prophecy must be in some future event.
16-24 The restoration of that people, being typical of our

redemption by Christ, shows that the end aimed at in our

salvation is the glory of God. The sin of a people defiles their

land; renders it abominable to God, and uncomfortable to

themselves. God's holy name is his great name; his holiness is

his greatness, nor does any thing else make a man truly great.
25-38 Water is an emblem of the cleansing our polluted souls

from sin. But no water can do more than take away the filth of

the flesh. Water seems in general the sacramental sign of the

sanctifying influences of the Holy Ghost; yet this is always

connected with the atoning blood of Christ. When the latter is

applied by faith to the conscience, to cleanse it from evil

works, the former is always applied to the powers of the soul,

to purify it from the pollution of sin. All that have an

interest in the new covenant, have a new heart and a new spirit,

in order to their walking in newness of life. God would give a

heart of flesh, a soft and tender heart, complying with his holy

will. Renewing grace works as great a change in the soul, as the

turning a dead stone into living flesh. God will put his Spirit

within, as a Teacher, Guide, and Sanctifier. The promise of

God's grace to fit us for our duty, should quicken our constant

care and endeavour to do our duty. These are promises to be

pleaded by, and will be fulfilled to, all true believers in

every age.

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