Ezekiel 15 to 18 “Parables Teach Principles”
God had Ezekiel tell parables to the exiles, yet just as in Jesus’ time, the truths were hidden to those whose perceptions were dull. Jesus said: they will hear but not perceive the truth. However, when a heart is open, they will glean a truth for life. [Matt 13:15]
Ezekiel was to tell four parables to the elders in exile. Parable: #1 In the branch parable, we see a branch full of life thrown into the fire. Life without God is like the fires of hell. #2 In the unfaithful bride parable, we see a rags to riches story. God takes us from the gutter and bestows his blessings, yet the world’s lure is always at the doorstep of our heart. Be on guard! #3 In the parable about the eagle, we see that God raised Nebuchadnezzar, who deported the people to Babylon, leaving a vassal king who swore to honor the king in charge. Do not forget your vow as the impatient vassal did. Eccl 5:4 “When you make a vow, do not delay in paying it.” #4 In the parable of the two sons, we see a family whose lives mirrored the NT story. Two sons, two hearts. One is restless but disrespectful. One is faithful but ungrateful. Which son are you?
God had blessed Israel, but she was unfaithful. Yet, like the prodigal’s father, God was always waiting to restore the relationship because He is a covenant keeper, and unlike us, His covenant is everlasting. [Ezek 16:60]
Looking at these parables, is there one that is convicting your heart?