- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 15
Metaphor of the vine.
Vines and vineyard are common picture in Israel. Ezekiel’s oracle against Judah is viewed as useless vine, given up by God.
The wood of vine is good only when it produces fruit. Otherwise, even as fuel, it is practically useless.
This analogy asks if Judah, the vine of God is worth more than other nations, any of the trees in the forest (v.2).
Judah, Jerusalem, like useless vine, will be consumed by fire, the judgement of God, for their unfaithfulness. The final word, however, is hopeful, “They will know that I am the Lord.”
God want them to return to the knowledge of God through judgement.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?