Studies in Ezekiel – Ezekiel 15:1-8
V – I – N – E
See: John 15:1-2; Matt. 15:18; Gal. 5:22-23; Prov. 24:30-31; Rms. 11:20-21; Luke 13:8-9
Vibrancy – v. 2 – Life is from the source. We must be connected with God to be fruitful.
Inert – v. 3 – Israel bore no fruit. This should be a warning to all. To bear no fruit spiritually is to be at risk of destruction.
Negligence – v. 8 – Why was there no fruit? Israel neglected its God. Negligence can destroy a marriage. Negligence can destroy a spiritual life.
Expulsion – vs. 6-8 – Israel was to be cast away from God. What a frightening prospect. If you are cast away from God, where will you turn? It is far better to turn to God so that we may be fruitful in the kingdom of God.
Exemplary story: After the ice storm of April, 2014, there was a great deal of cleanup to be done. Where should I begin? There were fallen limbs and brush that needed to be moved, and it should be moved soon. When the poison ivy began to grow it would be too late. The task was begun. Saw here, and chop there. A huge mound of broken branches and limbs were soon accumulated. In the midst of them was a broken grape vine. The vine proved to be twenty feet long. It served as a rope to haul the branches to the street for pickup. The broken, fruitless vine was cast away. We must be careful to avoid the same fate.