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Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment (Spurgeon). I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1Cor. 10:15)

Great sins do greatly pollute

Ezra 6:21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the Lord God of Israel, did eat. 

From the filthiness of the heathen: Who had filled the land from one end to the other with their uncleannesses, #Ezr 9:11.  

Ezra 9:11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. 

Great sins do greatly pollute. 

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Great king, major example

Ezra 7, Ver. 6. This Ezra went up from Babylon.

Together with many others, who were moved thereunto by his example and authority. Continue reading “Great king, major example”

Cancer

Ezra 7, Ver. 10. For Ezra had prepared his heart.Which, without due preparation, would not have been drawn to any good. 

See:

1Sa 7:3 (And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.)

Job 11:13 (If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him) 

Am 4:12 (Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee,
prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.) 

An instrument must be tuned ere it can be played upon; sour wines need good sweetening.  Continue reading “Cancer”

Satan worketh strongest on the fancy when the soul is sleepy, or a little drowsy

Ezra 8: Ver. 29. Watch ye.

With utmost care and solicitude, as the word signifieth.

How much more should we watch and treble watch, {as #Lu 12:37,38,43} to keep our vessels (bodies) in sanctification and honour, not in the lust of concupiscence, &c.!

especially since Continue reading “Satan worketh strongest on the fancy when the soul is sleepy, or a little drowsy”

The nearer any one cometh to God, the lower he falleth in his own eyes

Ezekiel 43:3 And I fell upon my face.

In reverence to his majesty, in admiration of his mercy, and in the sense of mine own unworthiness.

The nearer any one cometh to God, the lower he falleth in his own eyes, and the more doth “rottenness enter into his bones.”

Prayers are best made, in one and the same place

Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.

In the midst of the valley. That same valley, some think, where {#Eze 1:3} he saw that glorious vision.

Prophecies were often received, and prayers are best made, in one and the same place.

Seeing the King in his glory

Ezekiel 43:1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:

The prophet saw not the glory of God till he had first seen the mount measured, the temple restored.

Men must usually wait upon God in the use of means ere they see the King in his glory.

So many mercies heaped upon so undeserving creatures, shall bring you to a deep detestation of your iniquities

Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

The goodness of God shall lead you to repentance; so many mercies heaped upon so undeserving, nay, so illdeserving creatures, shall bring you to a deep detestation of your iniquities.

A licence to commit iniquity

Ezekiel 33:13 If he trust to his own righteousness.

As thinking that he hath thereby purchased a licence to commit iniquity.

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