- 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 17
Two eagles and a vine.
Two analogies of eagles and vine, and cedar tree, explain two oracles concerning Judah.
The analogy of eagles; the first eagle plants the crown of a cedar, and the same eagle appears plants a spring that becomes a vine, another eagle appears, from whom the vine receives sustenance.
Explanation of these analogy uses historical and political events. When Babylonia ruled Judah, King Zedekiah rebelled against Babylonia in favor of a pro-Egyptian foreign policy, hope to receive military help from Egypt. The oracle was against King Zedekiah because he violated the covenant to Babylon, and he would die in Babylonian land.
The analogy of cedar tree was a messianic allegory. The cedar tree on the top of the mountain will become a cosmic tree on the cosmic mountain of God from which all creatures will benefit.
This image implies the coming of messiah who will reestablish the nation.
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?