Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 16-17
Ezekiel 16:15-16 (NKJV) “But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it. You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be.
Ezekiel 17:3-4,11-12 NKJV says, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “A great eagle with large wings and long pinions, Full of feathers of various colors, came to Lebanon And took from the cedar the highest branch. 4 He cropped off its topmost young twig and carried it to a land of trade; He set it in a city of merchants.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 12 “Say now to the rebellious house: ‘Do you not know what these things mean?’ Tell them, ‘Indeed the king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and took its king and princes and led them with him to Babylon.
17:3–4, 11–12. The first of two eagles, with powerful wings, long feathers, and full plumage of varied colors, went to Lebanon.
As Ezekiel explained later (v. 12), the eagle symbolized Nebuchadnezzar, and Lebanon stood for Jerusalem: Do you not know what these things mean? The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem (on the rebellious house see comments on 3:9).
Then Ezekiel explained why the “eagle” had gone “to Lebanon.” The eagle clipped the top of a cedar tree and replanted the bough in a city known for trade. This referred to Nebuchadnezzar’s attack on Jerusalem in 597 B.C.. when he reestablished his control over the city and deposed King Jehoiachin. As Ezekiel explained, Nebuchadnezzar carried off her king (17:12), the top shoot of the tree, and her nobles, bringing them back with him (cf. 2 Kings 24:8–16) and replanted the “shoot” in Babylon.
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