Read Ezekiel 14
Judgment pronounced upon elders of
Although the Israelites regularly offered sacrifices to God, they also worshiped the heathen idols of other nations. Consequently, as punishment for the sin of idolatry the Israelites were brought under the control of Nebuchadnezzar, who took thousands of them captive. Once again, certain elders of
To illustrate their one purpose as the people of God, the Lord presented a parable to Ezekiel: What is the vine tree more than any tree . . . of the forest? Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin (peg) of it to hang any vessel thereon? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel (15:2-4; compare Genesis 49:22; Deuteronomy 32:32; Psalm 80:8-11; Jeremiah 2:21; Hosea 10:1). Every Israelite knew that the grapevine was valued only for its fruit and was worthless for making anything useful or of lasting value. The grapevine was often used by God to illustrate the Israelites.
Ezekiel also spoke of the vine as representing
The righteous judgment of God upon those in
In the everlasting Covenant (Ezekiel 16:60). He is the Mediator of a better Covenant (Hebrews 8:6). Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant (12:24). Jesus said: This is My blood of the New Testament (Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24). He is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death. . . . they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15).
16:8 I spread My skirt over thee = symbolic of marriage (Ruth 3:9; Deuteronomy 22:30); 16:25 opened thy feet = played the harlot; 16:30 imperious = hard, shameless; 16:31 eminent place = mound or high place for pagan shrine; 16:43 fretted = provoked to anger.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 1:16