Ezekiel 17: Not Finished Yet
It is interesting how in Ezekiel 17, we find out how Israel is going to be taken down by Babylon. They are going to be laid low, and it is not going to be the most pleasant thing in the world.
However, it is not as if God had forgotten about the people of Israel all together. They were not thrown away forever.
Eze 17:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:
Eze 17:23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
Eze 17:24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.
The people who had been powerful before were the ones who are being obviously hurt the most by this. Zedekiah and the line of David were the high cedar. At this point, it seemed like that particular line was going to be chopped off, but there was a higher branch that was going to be saved. An important branch down the line that would come out of the line of David and bear fruit for everyone.
We have found our Messianic prophecy. The Old Testament is full of indicators that help us understand that someone had to come along and meet all of these criteria. The odds are remarkable, but no one has yet been able to find one that Jesus Christ did not fulfill.