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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 15: Jerusalem as a useless vine


[Preliminary Comment: This short prophecy uses the concept, found elsewhere, of Israel being portrayed as a vine and asks Israel to consider the use of wood generally. Other trees can be used to make things [v.3] but if burnt on a fire becomes useful for nothing [v.4]. But supposing a wood [such as the vine] wasn't useful for even making anything [as the vine wasn't], how much less use would it become if it were burnt [v.5]. This is what the Lord is intending for the people of Israel [v.6] who, in the past, have been portrayed as a fruitful vine. When they are burnt in the coming fire, there won't be anything left [v.7] and this will all be because of their unfaithfulness. [v.8] Israel is not indestructible as some of the people think. This is a severe warning to face the coming reality.]



v.1   The word of the Lord came to me:

v.2  ‘Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest?

v.3  Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Do they make pegs from it to hang things on?

v.4  And after it is thrown on the fire as fuel and the fire burns both ends and chars the middle, is it then useful for anything?

v.5  If it was not useful for anything when it was whole, how much less can it be made into something useful when the fire has burned it and it is charred?

v.6  ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: as I have given the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest as fuel for the fire, so will I treat the people living in Jerusalem.

v.7  I will set my face against them. Although they have come out of the fire, the fire will yet consume them. And when I set my face against them, you will know that I am the Lord.

v.8  I will make the land desolate because they have been unfaithful, declares the Sovereign Lord.'


[Note: The chapter being so short, we will add nothing to the introductory comments.]



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