-Another oracle is given to Ezekiel here in this short chapter. God asks him and then states, “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? Can wood be taken from it to make anything, or can man take a peg from it on which to hang any vessel? If it has been put into the 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? Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into anything. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into anything (Ezekiel 15:1-5)!” The LORD’s point here is that He alone is the glory of Israel; they are useless without His power. The fires of judgment will make them even more unusable due to their idolatry and debauchery. The pessimistic tone continues as God shares that He is against His chosen people and will leave their land desolate as a waste place due to their unfaithfulness. All this is done again for the stated purpose that “you will know that I am the LORD (Ezekiel 15:6-8).” *Application* Compare this passage to the True Vine of John 15, and you will see that apart from Him you can do nothing.
Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 15:8