Ezekiel 9* A vision denoting the destruction of the inhabitants ofJerusalem, and the departure of the symbol of the Divinepresence.1-4 It is a great comfort to believers, that in the midst ofdestroyers and destructions, there is a Mediator, a great HighPriest, who has an interest in heaven, and in whom saints onearth have an interest. The representation of the Divine gloryfrom above the ark, removed to the threshold, denoted that theLord was about to leave his mercy-seat, and to pronouncejudgment on the people. The distinguishing character of thisremnant that is to be saved, is such as sigh and cry to God inprayer, because of the abominations in Jerusalem. Those who keeppure in times of general wickedness, God will keep safe in timesof general trouble and distress. 5-11 The slaughter must begin at the sanctuary, that all maysee and know that the Lord hates sin most in those nearest tohim. He who was appointed to protect, reported the matter.Christ is faithful to the trust reposed in him. Is he commandedby his Father to secure eternal life to the chosen remnant? Hesays, Of all that thou hast given me, I have lost none. Ifothers perish, and we are saved, we must ascribe the differencewholly to the mercy of our God, for we too have deserved wrath.Let us still continue to plead in behalf of others. But wherethe Lord shows no mercy he does no injustice; he onlyrecompenses men's ways.
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