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Ezekiel 20:40-44 - Homilies By J.r. Thomson

The glorious restoration.

It is difficult to believe that this language can refer to a local and temporal restoration and union. In this, as in other passages of his prophecy, Ezekiel seems to point on to the new, the Christian dispensation, into whose spiritual glory he seems to gain some glimpses neither dim nor uncertain.

I. THE SCENE OF THE RESTORATION . God's holy mountain, the mountain of the height of Israel, is the symbol of the Church of the Son of God.

II. THE PARTICIPATORS IN THE RESTORATION . Those concerning whom the promise is spoken are those who have been scattered abroad, but are now brought home, and who constitute "the house of Israel," i . e . the true Israel, the Israel of God.

III. THE SERVICES OF THE RESTORATION . By the services, the offerings, the firstfruits, the oblations, must be understood the spiritual sacrifices, especially of obedience and of praise, which the accepted of God delight to lay upon his altar.

IV. THE MEMORIES OF THE RESTORATION . These are of two kinds. The restored have to recollect, and to recollect with loathing, their wanderings, their evil doings, their defilements. But they have also to remember the work which God has wrought for them, the way by which God has led them, and the mercy and loving kindness which God has shown to them.—T.

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