E Z E K I E L.
The iniquities and calamities of God's Israel had
been largely and pathetically lamented before, in this book. Now in
this chapter the shepherds of Israel, their rulers both in church
and state, are called to an account, as having been very much
accessory to the sin and ruin of Israel, by their neglecting to do
the duty of their place. Here is, I. A high charge exhibited
against them for their negligence, their unskillfulness, and
unfaithfulness in the management of public affairs, ver. 1-6 and ver. 8. II. Their
discharge from their trust, for their insufficiency and treachery,
ver. 7-10. III. A
gracious promise that God would take care of his flock, though they
did not, and that it should not always suffer as it had done by
their mal-administrations, ver.
11-16. IV. Another charge exhibited against those of the
flock that were fat and strong, for the injuries they did to those
that were weak and feeble, ver.
17-22. V. Another promise that God would in the fulness
of time send the Messiah, to be the great and good Shepherd of the
sheep, who should redress all grievances and set every thing to
rights with the flock, ver.