Ezekiel 15

Ezekiel 15 has the prophet hearing another word from the Lord.  This time, it was about the reality that Judah was one nation among many – like a vine among the trees of the forest.  “Son of man, how is the wood of the vine better than any wood of a branch which is among the trees of the forest”?  God’s people thought they were special, and that they could do whatever they wanted without consequence.  They didn’t believe He would truly punish them.  They believed they were better than wood from any other tree just because of their heritage.

Unfortunately they forgot some of the core reasons God’s blessing had been upon His people.  It was based on a covenant relationship and strong godly leadership which had all but vanished.  The people had walked away from God and were worshipping idols of other nations.  They were like wood that was “fire for fuel, and the fire has consumed both of its ends and its middle part has been charred, is it then useful for anything”.  In God’s eyes, they had left and were basically useless – not even fit to make into a peg to hang something on.

God’s had enough.  “As the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I set My face against them”.  God isn’t just disappointed – He is setting His face against those who have been His people.  The nation of Judah was walking in rebellion against God, and He has had enough.  There were useless and already half destroyed because of the attacks of the Babylonians.  But even though they are ‘half burnt’, there is more to come.

Though they have come out of the fire, yet the fire will consume them. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them”.  Unfortunately, they have not learned their lesson.  They continue to ignore their God.  It will cost them everything.  “I will make the land desolate, because they have acted unfaithfully”.  How we live matters.  God wants a covenant relationship with us.  The people of Judah chose, and it was a choice they made intentionally, to ignore the God who had blessed them for generations, and worship gods of foreign lands.  They pushed God off the throne and now would pay a stiff price.  Jerusalem will be destroyed in the coming judgment.  All because of selfish and stupid choices!

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