June 24, 2001
v. 1 - A lamentation - a funeral dirge
God saw His gifts abused & made the minister
of sin. When temporal good begins to be made
the occasion of moral evil, it will soon end in
Israel, reading the inscription on their own tomb, might
have been warned away from the course in which they
v. 4 - Duty & Reward - “seek ye me & ye shall live”
Last offer of escape - all past evil came from their
departure from God - all coming evil can be avoided
by turning to Him.
God takes pleasure in the soul returning - Ezekiel 18:23, 32
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v. 5 - sites of idolatrous worship
v. 7 - God’s will is righteousness in the earth among men.
There is a certain good which He unconditionally bestows
on all men, but it is a good of the lower kind, & which
ministers to lower needs. All spiritual & temporal good that
has spiritual blessings God gives only with and in Jesus Christ.
v. 10 - Conflict of interests - much of what the
righteous suffer is due to hatred of the
righteous by the wicked.
v. 11 - “ye shall not dwell in them”
v. 12 - “for I know your manifold transgressions”
v. 13 - Reproof useless. A great calamity - prophet
& wise becoming silent.
When God ceases to strive, a man’s doom is sealed.
The physician discontinues treatment because the
patient is near death.
The sinner sins conviction away, and then congratulates
himself on the discovery of peace but it is only God saying:
“Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone.”
It is the one desperate spiritual case!
God strove with Saul for years but when insensibility &
hardness became confirmed communications were cut
off. God spoke no more. I Sam. 28:6
v. 14 - Their only hope of safety is amendment of life.
“so the Lord, the God of Hosts, shall be with you”
Presence of God with man is the chiefest of His favors.
Psalm 16:11 - “in thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy
right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
v. 15 - Reverse - do an about face.
Evils are to be rejected - the only way to deal with evil
is to break it off - no fellowship.
Justice must be done - “established in the gate”
v. 16 - Retribution to incorrigibleness
v. 17 - “I will pass through thee” - A horrible echo
of the last plague of Egypt. Exodus 12:12
“I will execute judgment”
God’s judgments, however long despised, will make
themselves understood and respected at last!
v. 18 - “Day of the Lord” - inquisition of every person
and every act.
It’s thoroughness - II Cor. 5:10 - “For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one
may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
v. 19 - Evil playing into the hands of evil.
Ezekiel 12:27 - “they of the house of Israel say, the vision
that he seeth is for many days to come, and
he prophesieth of the times that are far off.”
“the Word which I have spoken shall be done” - verse 28
v. 21 - Outward, formal worship will not avail or avert
the danger & judgment.
“I will not accept” - a performance, destitute of moral
value and distasteful to God!
No mention is made of the “sin offering” or the
“trespass offering”, yet these were both compulsory,
whereas the three observed were optional.
No true respect for God’s authority, a self pleaser first,
and will find the ordinance most acceptable the one which
is of his own will and least of God’s.
“Full well ye reject the commandment of God that
ye may keep your own tradition.” - Mark 7:9
v. 23 - “the noise of thy songs”
v. 26 - “which ye made to yourselves” - the crime was
self-will, desertion of the appointed way for
devices of their own invention.
Jeremiah 6:16 - “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, &
see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way,
& walk therein, & ye shall find rest for your souls. But
they said, We will not walk therein.” Jer. 18:15, Is. 8:20
God takes notice when there is no justice in a nation. God has
turned over to human government the responsibility of running
this earth. The nations are God’s arrangement - He holds them
accountable. When they fail, He removes them, like He did Rome!