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Go to Bible: Ezekiel 17
 
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“rebellious house.” The country of Judah.

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Eze 17:13

“mighty.” The Hebrew word could also be translated “pillars.” These mighty men, leaders, were the “pillars of the country.”

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“brought low so that it could not lift itself up.” This verse shows us the value of leaders. Not everyone is a leader. The Bible makes it clear that God gives different people different “ministries,” or “ways of serving,” and one of those ways of serving is leadership (Rom. 12:8). A wise ruler knows that some people are leaders and some people are not. If you want something organized and run correctly, choose a leader to do it; if you want to bring an organization or country down, remove its leaders. Nebuchadnezzar was a smart man, and knew if he removed the leaders from Judah, the country would never successfully organize and rebel, and they never did. It was God’s power that finally brought Judah back from the Babylonian captivity after the Persians had conquered Babylon.

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“the king lives who made him king.” Nebuchadnezzar, who lives in Babylon, carried away king Jehoiachin and made Zedekiah king of Judah instead of Jehoiachin. Ezekiel foretold that Zedekiah would die in Babylon (Ezek. 12:13).

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“when ramps are thrown up.” When Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacks and builds siege ramps to take cities, Pharaoh of Egypt will not help Judah.

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“trees.” In this context, a “tree” is a person. This is the figure of speech hypocatastasis. [For more on trees being people, see commentary on Luke 3:9. For more on hypocatastasis, see commentary on Rev. 20:2].

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