Ezekiel - Chapter 15

A very short chapter. He compares Israel to the wood of a vine. Even when whole, that wood is not good for anything. No one makes anything from vine wood. How much more worthless is it after being consumed by fire?

It seems a harsh assessment of Israel, you're worthless now, even more so after the wrath of God comes. But we know that God has loved Israel, calling them His treasured possession. He's given them the law to guide them and to reveal himself to them as well as prophets and leaders. So, even though worthless, he has loved them dearly. Because of His love, they are made valuable and strong. Israel would have been nothing in history, unremembered today, if it weren't for God being with them.

Isn't it the same today? Very few who God has called were worth anything to the world before hand. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (ESV):

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

Who am I that I should do anything of importance? I'd like to think I can, but in reality nothing I've done will make much difference to anyone. Except through Jesus. Through Him I can change a person's destiny, through Him I can become important, even if it's only in His eyes.

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