E Z E K I E L.
Still we are upon the destruction of Pharaoh and
Egypt, which is wonderfully enlarged upon, and with a great deal of
emphasis. When we read so very much of Egypt's ruin, no less than
six several prophecies at divers times delivered concerning it, we
are ready to think, Surely there is some special reason for it.
And, I. Perhaps it may look as far back as the book of Genesis,
where we find (ch. xv.
14) that God determined to judge Egypt for oppressing
his people; and, though that was in part fulfilled in the plagues
of Egypt and the drowning of Pharaoh, yet, in this destruction,
here foretold, those old scores were reckoned for, and that was to
have its full accomplishment. II. Perhaps it may look as far
forward as the book of the Revelation, where we find that the great
enemy of the gospel-church, that makes war with the Lamb, is
spiritually called Egypt, Rev. xi.
8. And, if so, the destruction of Egypt and its Pharaoh
was a type of the destruction of that proud enemy; and between this
prophecy of the ruin of Egypt and the prophecy of the destruction
of the antichristian generation there is some analogy. We have two
distinct prophecies in this chapter relating to Egypt, both in the
same month, one on the 1st day, the other that day fortnight,
probably both on the sabbath day. They are both lamentations, not
only to signify how lamentable the fall of Egypt should be, but to
intimate how much the prophet himself should lament it, from a
generous principle of love to mankind. The destruction of Egypt is
here represented under two similitudes:—1. The killing of a lion,
or a whale, or some such devouring creature, ver. 1-16. 2. The funeral of a great
commander or captain-general, ver.
17-32. The two prophecies of this chapter are much of
the same length.