Ezekiel 7* The desolation of the land. (1-15) The distress of the few whoshould escape. (16-22) The captivity. (23-27)1-15 The abruptness of this prophecy, and the many repetitions,show that the prophet was deeply affected by the prospect ofthese calamities. Such will the destruction of sinners be; fornone can avoid it. Oh that the wickedness of the wicked mightend before it bring them to an end! Trouble is to the impenitentonly an evil, it hardens their hearts, and stirs up theircorruptions; but there are those to whom it is sanctified by thegrace of God, and made a means of much good. The day of realtrouble is near, not a mere echo or rumour of troubles. Whateverare the fruits of God's judgments, our sin is the root of them.These judgments shall be universal. And God will be glorified inall. Now is the day of the Lord's patience and mercy, but thetime of the sinner's trouble is at hand. 16-22 Sooner or later, sin will cause sorrow; and those whowill not repent of their sin, may justly be left to pine away init. There are many whose wealth is their snare and ruin; and thegaining the world is the losing of their souls. Riches profitnot in the day of wrath. The wealth of this world has not thatin it which will answer the desires of the soul, or be anysatisfaction to it in a day of distress. God's temple shallstand them in no stead. Those are unworthy to be honoured withthe form of godliness, who will not be governed by its power. 23-27 Whoever break the bands of God's law, will findthemselves bound and held by the chains of his judgments. Sincethey encouraged one another to sin, God would dishearten them.All must needs be in trouble, when God comes to judge themaccording to their deserts. May the Lord enable us to seek thatgood part which shall not be taken away.
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