The Noble Branch

Ezekiel 17:22-23 “Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest.” Brethren, in this chapter Ezekiel speaks God’s Word as a parable where Israel is a disobedient vine who does not trust the eagle, or God’s ordained ruler (Babylon) to provide nourishment, though God planted them in fertile soil. Instead, Israel seeks the aid of Egypt to overcome Babylon. They fail to see that it is God Himself using these nations to provide for Israel while, at the same time, glorifying God through obedience to His sovereign purpose. Because of Israel’s preordained disobedience, we see God’s true purposes behind it all. He points to a future twig that would be this time bear fruit and become a noble full-grown tree. We see here the future King if glory, the Messiah, Jesus Christ being whispered again within the Old Testament. We see Christ using similar language about the kingdom of God being likened to a tree in Matt. 31 where it would grow and house all kinds of birds in it branches. Unlike Israel attempting to grow in itself, the truth is, we can never grow into God’s quintessential children on our own. It would take God Himself to secure our place as children, and heirs to the promise. And thank God that Christ did that through His death, resurrection, and ascension. Praise God!

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