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unto me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury, and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat. And I will destroy your high places, and cast down your images, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you. And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries into desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odours. And I will bring the land into desolation, and your enemies which dwell therein, shall be astonished at it. I will scatter you among the heathen, and draw out a sword after you, and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies handeven then shall the land rest, and enjoy
unto himself seven other evil spirits; so that the last state of that man was worse than the first. So it was with the Jews. By thus continuing to backslide, they left their own habitation, were ripe. for the destruction of good men, who reproved them for their misdeeds, and so became guilty of all the righteous blood shed upon the earth from the time of Abel to that of the Saviour.
The children of Israel departed from the commands of God, and sunk into the most shameless idolatry-almost beneath the worst of the Gentiles. Hence the declaration of Ezekiel, Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, thus saith the Lord God, Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me. * For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fre, ye pollute yourselves with your
idols, even unto this day.' Ezek. xx: 27, and 31. This fire was kept at the east gate of Jerusalem. And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is the valley of the son of Hinnom, to have their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter; for they shall bury in Tophet till there be no place.' Jer. viii: 31, 32. It was this fire to which Christ referred when he spoke of the fire that is not quenched and the worm that died not.
It was into this valley of the son of Hinnom, which, in the New Testament, is called Gehenna, and rendered hell, as the learned tell us, the dead bodies of the unbelieving Jews were thrown, when Christ came and judged them. In
this was accomplished the prediction of And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me; for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.' Isa. lxvi 24. This was accomplished when Jerusalem was destroyed. They were a people who wandered and perishedbrought upon themselves the second death.
ON THE COMING OF CHRIST AND THE PUNISHMENT OF THE JEWS.
THE Gospel which Paul preached, provided a second death for the Jews; but life in Christ to those who believed, whether Jews or Gentiles. Had they all have believed the gospel, they would have escaped the second death. But not doing this, they were judged out of those things written in the books of the law; but the Gentiles never had the law, and therefore, were judged out of the book of life-by the perfect law of liberty! Thus the Gentiles were introduced into the kingdom of heaven,