A tree from the forest is more useful than a tangled vine. Jerusalem is like a tangled vine. It was not useful for the purposes of the LORD God.
VERSE 1. The LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 2. “Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, the vine-branch which is among the trees of the forest?
what is the vine tree more than any tree. The LORD God asks Ezekiel if the wood of a vine is better than the wood of a tree in the forest.
VERSE 3. Will wood be taken of it to make anything? Will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel on it?
Will wood be taken of it. The LORD God answers his own question. You can make things out of wood from a tree. But you cannot make much of anything from the wood of a tangled vine. It is not a material for construction. Therefore wood from a tree is better than wood from a vine.
VERSE 4. Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire has devoured both its ends, and the middle of it is burned. Is it profitable for any work?
Is it profitable for any work? After a vine is burned in the fire, it is even less useful as a construction material.
VERSE 5. Behold, when it was whole, it was suitable for no work. How much less, when the fire has devoured it, and it has been burned, will it yet be suitable for any work?”
when it was whole, it was suitable for no work. It was good for nothing.
VERSE 6. Therefore the Lord GOD says: “As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is like a vine, not a tree.
Jerusalem viewed herself as the vine of God’s blessing. But she did not produce the spiritual fruit God was looking for.
VERSE 7. I will set my face against them. They will go out from the fire, but the fire will devour them. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
VERSE 8. I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass,” says the Lord GOD.
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