Ezekiel Chapter 22
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4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 22 Bible commentary...
The sins of Jerusalem. (1-16) Israel is condemned as dross. (17-22) As the corruption is general, so shall be the punishment. (23-31)1-16 The prophet is to judge the bloody city; the city of bloods. Jerusalem is so called, because of her crimes. The sins which Jerusalem stands charged with, are exceeding sinful. Murder, idolatry, disobedience to parents, oppression and extortion, profanation of the sabbath and holy things, seventh commandment sins, lewdness and adultery. Unmindfulness of God was at the bottom of all this wickedness. Sinners provoke God because they forget him. Jerusalem has filled the measure of her sins. Those who give up themselves to be ruled by their lusts, will justly be given up to be portioned by them. Those who resolve to be their own masters, let them expect no other happiness than their own hands can furnish; and a miserable portion it will prove.
17-22 Israel, compared with other nations, had been as the gold and silver compared with baser metals. But they were now as the refuse that is consumed in the furnace, or thrown away when the silver is refined. Sinners, especially backsliding professors, are, in God's account, useless and fit for nothing. When God brings his own people into the furnace, he sits by them as the refiner by his gold, to see that they are not continued there any longer than is fitting and needful. The dross shall be wholly separated, and the good metal purified. Let those who suffer pains, or lingering sickness, and find that their hearts can scarcely bear these light and momentary afflictions, take warning to flee from the wrath to come; for if these trials are not sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the cleansing their hearts and hands from sin, far worse things will come upon them.
23-31 All orders and degrees of men had helped to fill the measure of the nation's guilt. The people that had any power abused it, and even the buyers and sellers find some way to oppress one another. It bodes ill to a people when judgments are breaking in upon them, and the spirit of prayer is restrained. Let all who fear God, unite to promote his truth and righteousness; as wicked men of every rank and profession plot together to run them down.
Maylaw's Ezekiel Chapter 22 comment on 1/02/2012, 2:42am...
Right. Jesus was the man, and he lives forever through his disciples. As before, God is looking for a man with the Spirit of Jesus to stand in the gap and interceede for the likes of the same conditions in his or her proximity.
Listen to "keith greens" famous song: "Jesus commands us
B.M.Devitt's Ezekiel Chapter 22 comment on 9/13/2011, 5:46pm...
This chapter, most specifically from verse 23 to end is the reason that Jesus recieves and takes upon himself the Title SON OF MAN. We must lift up the son of man so all know Jesus is he.( John-8-).
Reggie's Ezekiel Chapter 22 comment on 8/12/2011, 6:29pm...
Amen to Debbera Brown"s comment! I was thinking very much the same; what a profound verse!! agape--reggie--
Debbera Brown's Ezekiel Chapter 22 comment about verse 30 on 7/18/2011, 12:00pm...
GOD looked for a man among them. Likely through HIS eyes into eternity and found none. Jesus the SON of God and Man was the only one able to stand in the gap before GOD. This a profound verse.
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