E Z E K I E L.
Here are two sermons in this chapter, preached on
a particular occasion, and they are both from Mount Sinai, the
mount of terror, both from Mount Ebal, the mount of curses; both
speak the approaching fate of Jerusalem. The occasion of them was
the king of Babylon's laying siege to Jerusalem, and the design of
them is to show that in the issue of that siege he should be not
only master of the place, but destroyer of it. I. By the sign of
flesh boiling in a pot over the fire are shown the miseries that
Jerusalem should suffer during the siege, and justly, for her
filthiness, ver. 1-14.
II. By the sign of Ezekiel's not mourning for the death of his wife
is shown that the calamities coming upon Jerusalem were too great
to be lamented, so great that they should sink down under them into
a silent despair, ver.