Ezekiel 39* The destruction of Gog. (1-10) Its extent. (11-22) Israelagain favoured. (23-29)1-10 The Lord will make the most careless and hardenedtransgressors know his holy name, either by his righteous anger,or by the riches of his mercy and grace. The weapons formedagainst Zion shall not prosper. Though this prophecy is to befulfilled in the latter days, it is certain. From the languageused, it seems that the army of Gog will be destroyed bymiracle. 11-22 How numerous the enemies which God destroyed for thedefence of his people Israel! Times of great deliverances shouldbe times of reformation. Every one should help the utmost hecan, toward cleansing the land from reproach. Sin is an enemyevery man should strive against. Those engaged in public work,especially of cleansing and reforming a land, ought to be menwho will go through with what they undertake, who will be alwaysemployed. When good work is to be done, every one should furtherit. Having received special favours from God, let us cleanseourselves from all evil. It is a work which will requirepersevering diligence, that search may be made into the secretrecesses of sin. The judgments of the Lord, brought upon sin andsinners, are a sacrifice to the justice of God, and a feast tothe faith and hope of God's people. See how evil pursuessinners, even after death. After all that ambitious and covetousmen do and look for, "a place of graves" is all the Lord givesthem on earth, while their guilty souls are doomed to misery inanother world. 23-29 When the Lord shall have mercy on the whole house ofIsrael, by converting them to Christianity, and when they shallhave borne the shame of being cast off for their sins, then thenations shall learn to know, worship, and serve him. Then Israelalso shall know the Lord, as revealed in and by Christ. Pastevents do not answer to these predictions. The pouring out ofthe Spirit is a pledge that God's favour will continue. He willhide his face no more from those on whom he has poured out hisSpirit. When we pray that God would never cast us from hispresence, we must as earnestly pray that, in order thereto, hewould never take his Holy Spirit from us.
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