Ezekiel 15: Brought Back by Trial
Ezekiel 15 provides us with a metaphor. The people of Jerusalem are like a piece of wood that has been thrown in the fire and burned.
Eze 15:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Eze 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
Eze 15:8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.
The implications are rather clear. The people of Jerusalem brought on their own punishment. They defied God for years, and it finally came to the point where the city was going to fall.
Verse seven stood out to me. The people were going to recognize God more clearly when He was allowing these things to happen to them. I think that a lot of us can identify with that idea. We sometimes recognize God more clearly when difficult times come. We realize that we need him to be there with us if we are going to make it through.
That did happen to the people of Israel if we fast-forward. While they were in captivity, they did get their act back together and came back to Jerusalem under the leadership of Nehemiah. However, had they not been taken away to Babylon, there probably would not have been this return. After all, the people continued spiraling every generation, and the final king Zedekiah was not changing the trend.
Difficult times can actually bring us back to where we need to be. It can be those times where we realize that our own power is not nearly enough, and we recognize that we need God to be by our side.