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The riddle and the parable

By astudyplace03 , 01 January 2020 · 1,016 views

Old Testament Christian Living
The riddle and the parable

That which was then may serve as a lesson for today. With the desire to learn comes the understanding to perceive. Through observation, the error of the past, is the opportunity for a change.
  • For the lesson of the past, this we read;  And the word of the LORD came unto me (the Prophet Ezekiel), saying, Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, long-winged, full of feathers, which had divers colors, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar.(Ezekiel 17:1-3)
  • He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.(Ezekiel 17:4)

The time is about 622-600 B.C. The riddle speaks of that which is a mystery, and the speaking of a parable is the comparison between two things for the purpose of an illustration of a picture.
The house of Israel is apparent, God’s chosen people, the Israel of then. Though the nation of Israel and the Jewish people has never stopped being God’s chosen people, but for us who are Christians today, as the adopted ones to the family of God, may Israel’s experience of old served as a lesson for us today.

The great eagle in the riddle and the parable speaks of Nebuchadnezzar – Nebuchadnezzar, though a tangible King of old, but he is also symbolic of the strong Influence of the world.
The highest branch of the cedar speaks of an establishment, precisely Jehoiachin, having served as a king for only three months, he was taken into captive.

The following phrase, He (Nebuchadnezzar) cropped off the top of his young twigs, this speaks of the most important citizens along with Jehoiachin being taken into captive.

For the most part, captivity to the mind is a place of an instant perception of ghastly isolation and horror. However, observe the place of captivity, described here, it is that of a city of merchants.
To the natural mind, a city of merchants is anything but captivity, instead, it is perceived and celebrated by many as a place of innumerable advantages, a place to accumulate wealth.

Herein is our lesson for today.
Being God’s people, we are not exempted from the attempts of the enemy by the use of the influence of the world to take us into captive, symbolically speaking. However, many Christians of today have already been overcome by the influence of the world, wherewith they are captive to their desires to succeed and prosper like that of the world. Though they believe in God in their own understanding, but they see not that they are captive to the world, for they are kept in the city of merchants. Therein, their desires to prosper has dull their need for a fellowship with God.
Their call to be a light to the world, has been replaced with a method of pandering to the world to succeed.

Not all captivities are instantly seen as horror, otherwise the victim wouldn’t walk therein, but when temporal pleasure overcomes the mind’s reason to discern right from wrong, captivity is at its most dangerous form, for the mind’s inability to know it is captive. Therefore, it seeks not a way out, so it withers away.

Let not the believer plant themselves in the world wherewith they are not an influence on the world for a change, but the world has all the influence on them for the worse.

Thus the prophet made another statement and proposed a question.
Yes, it is planted, but will it live and grow? No, it will wither away.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of destruction.

With awareness and the accountability of our errors, may we pray to the Lord; Teach me Thy way, O LORD; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name.
(Psalms 86:11)

Amen

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