And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house…
I. THE CHARACTERS DESCRIBED.
1. The characters are those who inwardly feel and lament on account of the abominations of men. They thus feel —
(1) From a remembrance of their own former condition.
(2) From a sincere concern for the glory of God.
(3) From a deep compassion and love to souls.
2. The evidence of this inward feeling for souls.
(1) The cry of a godly example.
(2) The cry of earnest entreaty and admonition.
(3) The cry of fervent prayer for their salvation.
II. THE MARK APPOINTED.
1. A mark of distinction.
2. A Divine mark.
3. This mark is prominent. "In the forehead." Grace, in its essence, is secret, but always visible in its effects.
4. This mark is essential.
III. THE DELIVERANCE SECURED.
1. From destruction.
3. Certain.Application —
1. The subject furnishes a test of Christian character. Do we sigh and cry, etc.
2. It should be a stimulus to increased exertion.
3. Urge upon the exposed sinner the necessity of immediately obtaining the mark.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;