E Z E K I E L.
It was promised, in the foregoing chapter, that
when the time to favour Zion, yea, the set time, should come,
especially the time for sending the Messiah and setting up his
kingdom in the world, God would cause the enemies of his church to
cease and the blessings and comforts of the church to abound. This
chapter enlarges upon the former promise, concerning the
destruction of the enemies of the church; the next chapter upon the
latter promise, the replenishing of the church with blessings.
Mount Seir (that is, Edom) is the enemy prophesied against in this
chapter, but fitly put here, as in the prophecy of Obadiah, for all
the enemies of the church; for, as those all walked in the way of
Cain that hated Abel, so those all walked in the way of Esau who
hated Jacob, but over whom Jacob, by virtue of a particular
blessing, was to have dominion. Now here we have, I. The sin
charged upon the Edomites, and that was their spite and malice to
Israel, ver. 5,
10-13. II. The ruin threatened, that should come upon
them for this sin. God will be against them (ver. 3) and then their country shall be laid
waste (ver. 4),
depopulated, and made quite desolate (ver. 6-9), and left so when other nations
that had been wasted should recover themselves, ver. 14, 15.