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He cried also in my ear with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have the charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand ( Ezekiel 9:1 ).
So he heard Him now crying. He's not ordering Ezekiel. Ezekiel is hearing God cry to these others, "Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand." He is calling now these angels of God who are to bring the judgment against the people.
And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lies towards the north, and every man had a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen ( Ezekiel 9:2 ),
Even Jesus Christ, really, one of the theophanies, we find Him in many parallel passages to this.
he had a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brass altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house ( Ezekiel 9:2-3 ).
Now, the Spirit of God and the glory of God is now departing from Israel. No longer in the holy of holies, has now moved to the threshold of the house of God. Soon we'll find it moving to the east gate and then to the mountain, the Mount of Olives, towards the east and then departing completely. And so, God's glory, the cherubim leaving now. Dwelt there in the holy of holies of the temple, but now God's glory, the presence of God, is leaving.
And to the others he said in my hearing, Go ye after him through the city ( Ezekiel 9:5 ),
No, let's see.
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city ( Ezekiel 9:4 ),
Talking to the one which had the writer's inkhorn by His side.
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all of the abominations that be done [in the middle thereof or] in the midst thereof ( Ezekiel 9:4 ).
So, this one with the inkhorn was to go through and mark all of those who were grieving over the abominations that existed. Those whose hearts were grieved by the things that were going on.
I'll tell you, when I read the newspapers and I read what's going on in our country, I grieve. God said, "Go mark those that have been grieving."
And to the others he said in my hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: and let not your eye spare, neither have pity: Slay utterly the old and the young, both maids, and little children, the women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary ( Ezekiel 9:5-6 ).
You remember that Peter said, "The time has come when judgment must begin at the house of Lord." It's a reference to Ezekiel, where God said, "Begin at My sanctuary." But Peter said, "If judgment begins at the house of the Lord, where will the sinner and the ungodly appear?" Now also these that are marked in the New Testament, in the book of Revelation, we have an interesting parallel in the book of Revelation, chapter 7, where there are four angels that are holding the four winds, ready to bring destruction upon the earth, and there is an angel that says, "'Don't release those winds until the servants of God have been marked in their forehead.' And I counted the number that were marked and there were a hundred forty-four thousand, that they should not be hurt by the plagues that were yet to come to pass" ( Revelation 7:3-4 ).
So, God's preservation again of a remnant. God had His faithful remnant in Jerusalem, "Mark them, and when the judgment comes, when you are to slay, don't touch those with a mark." And so, again, God preserving His remnant in the book of Revelation, chapter 7. Parallel passages.
He said unto them, Defile the house, by filling the courts with the slain ( Ezekiel 9:7 ):
Now, if you touched a dead carcass, you were to be defiled for a day. You weren't to be allowed to come into the temple to worship if you'd touched a dead body. But he said, "Defile the temple, just kill the people in the courts of it, let it all be defiled."
And they went forth, and they slew in the city. And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, that I was left, and I fell upon my face, and I cried, and I said, Ah Lord GOD! will you destroy all the residue of Israel in the pouring out of your fury upon Jerusalem? And he said unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and of Judah is exceeding great, the land is full of blood, the city is full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD does not see. And as for me also, my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head. And, behold, the man that was clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as you have commanded me ( Ezekiel 9:7-11 ). "
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Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Ezekiel 9". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
the Second Week of Advent