given to the fire
Ezekiel 15:1-8 (JDV)
Ezekiel 15:1 Then the word of Yahveh happened to me:
Ezekiel 15:2 “Son of Adam, how does the wood of the vine, that branch among the trees of the forest, compare to any other wood?
Ezekiel 15:3 Can wood be taken from it to make something useful? Or can anyone make a peg from it to hang things on?
Ezekiel 15:4 Notice that it is put into the fire as fuel. The fire devours both of its ends, and the middle is charred. Can it be useful for anything?
Ezekiel 15:5 Notice that when it was whole it could not be made into a useful object. How much less can it ever be made into anything useful when the fire has devoured it and it is charred!”
Ezekiel 15:6 Therefore, this is what the Lord Yahveh says, “Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire as fuel, so I will give up the residents of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 15:7 I will turn against them. They may have escaped from the fire, but it will still consume them. And you will know that I am Yahveh when I turn against them.
Ezekiel 15:8 I will make the land desolate because they have acted unfaithfully.” This is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh.
given to the fire
The inhabitants of Jerusalem had thought of themselves as the best of the best. Now that they were under God’s judgment, he views them as wood that is given to the fire — because that is the only thing it is useful for.
I have known the joy of serving the LORD in a number of different functions. It would break my heart if I were ever told the bad news that Ezekiel had to tell the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
LORD, make us into wood for your use — whether glorious or ordinary. May we never get to the point where we are only useful for the fire.