The Divine judgments for idolatry. (1-7) A remnant shall be
saved. (8-10) The calamities are to be lamented. (11-14)
1-7. War desolates persons, places, and things esteemed most
sacred. God ruins idolatries even by the hands of idolaters. It
is just with God to make that a desolation, which we make an
idol. The superstitions to which many trust for safety, often
cause their ruin. And the day is at hand, when idols and
idolatry will be as thoroughly destroyed from the professedly
Christian church as they were from among the Jews.
A remnant of Israel should be left; at length they should
remember the Lord, their obligations to him, and rebellion
against him. True penitents see sin to be that abominable thing
which the Lord hates. Those who truly loathe sin, loathe
themselves because of sin. They give glory to God by their
repentance. Whatever brings men to remember Him, and their sins
against him, should be regarded as a blessing.
It is our duty to be affected, not only with our own sins
and sufferings, but to look with compassion upon the miseries
wicked people bring upon themselves. Sin is a desolating thing;
therefore, stand in awe, and sin not. If we know the worth of
souls, and the danger to which unbelievers are exposed, we shall
deem every sinner who takes refuge in Jesus from the wrath to
come, an abundant recompence for all contempt or opposition we
may meet with.