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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

September 3, 2021

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 16-17


Ezekiel 17:24

And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.


There will be a day that the high tree, the universally accepted tree, the beautiful tree, the popular tree, the rich tree, will be brought down. It will fall. At that time the low tree, the unwanted tree, the rejected tree, the poor tree, will be exalted. There are three possible explanations of this prophecy. One of them might even be right.


The high tree could be the Gentile nations that will be cut down by Christ during the events of the Book of Revelation. In this scenario the low tree would be Israel.


The low tree could be Christ, the Messiah. After all He was the One spoken of in Isaiah 53:2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. In this scenario the high tree is Satan and his kingdom.


The high tree could be individuals as illustrated in verses like Matthew 23:12. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. In this scenario the high tree is the individuals that are proud, the low tree is the individual that is humble.


Frankly, for all three the principle remains. One day God will exalt that which is low and humble that which is high.


Perhaps it’s not too bad to be in the “low” crowd, at least in the way the world views Bible believers.


The last three verses of chapter 17 of Ezekiel are a refreshing promise of exaltation to those who have just read the terrors and judgments of chapters 16 & 17. Notice just how definite this promise is. It ends with these words I the Lord have spoken and have done it. There is no “might happen”, “could happen”, or “may happen”. It has already happened. It is the future spoken of as history. What a powerful promise!


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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