E Z E K I E L.
Hearing the word, and prayer, are two great
ordinances of God, in which we are to give honour to him and may
hope to find favour and acceptance with him; and yet in this
chapter, to our great surprise, we find some waiting upon God in
the one and some in the other and yet not meeting with success as
they expected. I. The elders of Israel come to hear the word, and
enquire of the prophet, but, because they are not duly qualified,
they meet with a rebuke instead of acceptance (ver. 1-5) and are called upon to repent of
their sins and reform their lives, else it is at their peril to
enquire of God, ver.
6-11. II. Noah, Daniel, and Job, are supposed to pray
for this people, and yet, because the decree has gone forth, and
the destruction of them is determined by a variety of judgments,
their prayers shall not be answered, ver. 12-21. And yet it is promised, in
the close, that a remnant shall escape, ver. 22, 23.