Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 17

Yechezk'el 17:1-2 Now the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "Son of man, propound a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,

The L-rd is good at speaking parables. When Yeshua came to the earth He spoke in parables.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:34-35 All these things Yeshua spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable, so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying," I will open My "Mouth" in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world."

There was a prophecy that Messiah would speak in parables.

Tehillim (Psalms) 78:1-4 Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the L-RD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Peh- mouth; open or closed.

The parable below was to Israel.

Yechezk'el 17:3-6 saying,' Thus says the L-rd G-D, "A great eagle with great wings, long pinions and a full plumage of many colors, came to Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar. "He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders. "He also took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow. "Then it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine with its branches turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So it became a vine, and yielded shoots and sent out branches.

A great eagle - an unclean bird - This symbolized Babylon.

The topmost of its young twigs - This symbolized Jehoiachin and others who were taken into captivity. (See 2 Kings 24:11-16)

The seed of the land - This represents the people that were not taken into captivity but were left behind.

Yechezk'el 17:7-10 "But there was another great eagle with great wings and much plumage; and look, this vine bent its roots toward him and sent out its branches toward him from the beds where it was planted, that he might water it. "It was planted in good soil beside abundant waters, that it might yield branches and bear fruit, and become a splendid vine."' "Say, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D," Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots and cut off its fruit, so that it withers-- so that all its sprouting leaves wither? And neither by great strength nor by many people can it be raised from its roots again. "Look, though it is planted, will it thrive? Will it not completely wither as soon as the east wind strikes it-- wither on the beds where it grew?"' "

Another great eagle - This second unclean bird is Egypt.

Zedekiah, symbolized here as a vine, swore by the L-rd to summit to Babylon. He broke the agreement and tried to form an alliance with the Pharaoh of Egypt.

Divrei-HaYamim Bet (2 Chronicles) 36:13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by G-d. But he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the L-RD G-d of Israel.

In the future Israel will try to form a treaty with a false Messiah for peace. The Anti-Messiah will break his agreement with Israel halfway through the treaty. Don't trust in false Messiah's or other Pharaoh's for your safety from what must come. It is futile. Thank goodness we don't have to worry about HaShem breaking His covenant. Yeshua will rule in Israel one day. He is of the line of David and will one-day rule as the Davidic covenant promises. We also do not have to worry about the true Messiah Yeshua breaking His Word about our eternal salvation if we trust in Him.

Yechezk'el 17:11-21 Moreover, the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "Say now to the rebellious house, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say, 'Look, the king of Babylon came to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), took its king and princes, and brought them to him in Babylon. 'And he took one of the royal family and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land, that the kingdom might be in subjection, not exalting itself, but keeping his covenant, that it might continue. 'But he rebelled against him by sending his envoys to Egypt that they might give him horses and many troops. Will he succeed? Will he who does such things escape? Can he indeed break the covenant and escape? 'As I live,' declares the L-rd G-D,' Surely in the country of the king who put him on the throne, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he broke, in Babylon he shall die. 'And Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company will not help him in the war, when they cast up mounds and build siege walls to cut off many lives. 'Now he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and behold, he pledged his allegiance, yet did all these things; he shall not escape.' " Therefore, thus says the Lord G-D, "As I live, surely My oath which he despised and My covenant which he broke, I will inflict on his head. "And I will spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. Then I will bring him to Babylon and enter into judgment with him there regarding the unfaithful act which he has committed against Me. "And all the choice men in all his troops will fall by the sword, and the survivors will be scattered to every wind; and you will know that I, the L-RD, have spoken."

Here the parable is explained in more detail.

Yechezk'el 17:22-24 Thus says the L-rd G-D, "I shall also take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and set it out; I shall pluck from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I shall plant it on a high and lofty mountain. "On the high mountain of Israel I shall plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit, and become a stately cedar. And birds of every kind will nest under it; they will nest in the shade of its branches. "And all the trees of the field will know that I am the L-RD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the L-RD; I have spoken, and I will perform it."

A tender one - or tender branch - This is a prophecy of the future Messianic rule of the "branch" or another name of the MessiahYeshua. (cf: Zech. 3:8;6:12 Jer. 33:15)

When Yeshua HaMashiach is on His throne the all nations will be blessed.