April 22, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 17

In today’s passage we see a strange parable about two eagles moving and watering a tree. The first eagle moves the tree and plants it. The tree, however, begins to look to another eagle for its sustenance despite already being well taken care of. This causes destruction for the tree. Then comes the explanation.

God explains that the riddle is referring to the king of Babylon and how he took some of the people of Israel to Babylon and made a treaty with them. They, however, did not uphold their end of the bargain and, in fact, tried to bring in the Egyptians to fight against the Babylonians. This angered the king and brought about great punishment to the king of Israel and his soldiers.

The clear point of the story here is to not go back against your word because it could bite you in the end, which is definitely something for us to keep in mind. However, we see woven in this passage a spiritual theme as well. Here it is:

Where do you get your sustenance and protection from? God or something else?
If it is someone or something other than Him, watch out.

The truth is that we so easily forget how we got to where we are and what keeps us going. We forget, as the Israelites did, how we were once enslaved but, through God’s provision, were made free. How we were, as Israel was, once lost and without a home, but have been giving a new and wonderful home. In all those provisions God provided us and them we still go about forgetting how great all that was and is. Remember today this thought.

Don’t pick the second eagle. Stick to the one who has saved and sustained you

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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