E Z E K I E L.
The prophet has now come off his circuit, which he
went as judge, in God's name, to try and pass sentence upon the
neighbouring nations, and, having finished with them, and read them
all their doom, in the eight chapters foregoing, he now returns to
the children of his people, and receives further instructions what
to say to them. I. He must let them know what office he was in
among them as a prophet, that he was a watchman, and had received a
charge concerning them, for which he was accountable, ver. 1-9. The substance of this we
had before, ch. iii.
17, &c. II. He must let them know upon what terms
they stand with God, that they are upon their trial, upon their
good behaviour, that if a wicked man repent he shall not perish,
but that if a righteous man apostatize he shall perish, ver. 10-20. III. Here is a
particular message sent to those who yet remained in the land of
Israel, and (which is very strange) grew secure there, and
confident that they should take root there again, to tell them that
their hopes would fail them because they persisted in their sins,
ver. 21-29. IV. Here is
a rebuke to those who personally attended Ezekiel's ministry, but
were not sincere in their professions of devotion, ver. 30-33.