Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim.…
1. How unwilling the Lord is to depart, and leave that people He hath dwelt amongst, and been engaged unto!
2. There is no visible church but may fall, and cease to be. God is not tied to any place, to any people; but if they corrupt His worship He may withdraw: He did depart from Jerusalem, from the temple, and they were unchurched.
3. When the Lord goes from a people, then the protection and benefits they have by the angels go away. When the sun is gone from us, we have short days and long nights, little light but much darkness; and when God departs, you have much night and little day left, your comforts fade suddenly, and miseries come upon you swiftly. When God and His angels go from a church, the dragon and his angels get in; when men's inventions prevail, they are subject to all woes and miseries (Hosea 9:12).
4. God would have men the notice of His departure. The cherubims stood at the door of the east gate, and there the glory stood over them; that gate was so seated in Mount Zion that they might see the entrance by it from most parts of the city, and here the glory now stood; it was come forth from the temple, and now exposed to public view, that they might inquire what was the matter, use all means to recover the glory which was going.
(W. Greenhill, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.