Ezekiel 15: Israel, The Vine-Wood

(8 verses, 1:15 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • The Lord preaches to Israel about the wood of the vine.

MARK

  • In this short chapter the Lord gives Israel the picture of the vine. The wood of a vine is not good for anything but burning. It is not strong or straight enough for building. So the Lord says that Israel is like vine-wood, good for nothing but being destroyed. And destroyed she shall be.

LEARN

  • The metaphor of the vine runs through the Scriptures.
  • Psalm 80 begins with the image of the Shepherd and the Sheep, but ends (80:8-19) with the image of the vine.
  • Isaiah 5:1-7 is the famous “Song of the Vineyard.”
  • Jesus picks up the image in His preaching. Matthew 21:33-46 is the parable of the vineyard, where Jesus takes up the language of Isaiah 5 to condemn the faithless Pharisees.
  • Most famously, Jesus calls Himself the vine, and His people the branches in John 15:1ff. This is a beautiful image of Christ and the church, and a reversal of Ezekiel 15. Jesus is burned by the wrath of God so that we might escape unharmed.
  • Finally, St Paul talks about the wild and cultivated branches in Romans 11:15-28, putting before us a picture of God’s election of grace.

MEDITATE

  • Would you consider reading one or two of these other passages about the vine, and compare its teaching to Ezekiel? In Ezekiel 15 the Lord is warning His people, and this is always pushing them towards repentance and faith. May His Word do the same for us.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

 

 

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