“A great eagle with large wings and long pinions,
Full of feathers of various colors,
Came to Lebanon
And took from the cedar the highest branch.
4 He cropped off its topmost young twig
And carried it to a land of trade;
He set it in a city of merchants.
5 Then he took some of the seed of the land
And planted it in a fertile field;
He placed it by abundant waters
And set it like a willow tree.
6 And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature;
Its branches turned toward him,
But its roots were under it.
So it became a vine,
Brought forth branches,
And put forth shoots.
And behold, this vine bent its roots toward him,
And stretched its branches toward him,
From the garden terrace where it had been planted,
That he might water it.
8 It was planted in good soil by many waters,
To bring forth branches, bear fruit,
And become a majestic vine.” ’
9 “Say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“Will it thrive?
Will he not pull up its roots,
Cut off its fruit,
And leave it to wither?
All of its spring leaves will wither,
And no great power or many people
Will be needed to pluck it up by its roots.
10 Behold, it is planted,
Will it thrive?
Will it not utterly wither when the east wind touches it?
It will wither in the garden terrace where it grew.” ’ ”
We get our way with words from the creator of words. How much more interesting to tell what will occur in an entertaining, captivation poem. Eagles symbolize power. It is thought that in this tale they represent two opposing powers. The first is Babylon and the second is Egypt. The tall cedar that is plucked up and transplanted is the leadership of Israel taken into captivity by Babylonia and then turning to Egypt for help. Here is the meat of the tale. Why did they turn to Egypt rather than the Lord God? What was the outcome? Not good. A withered vine that can be easily plucked up and thrown out.
What does this have for us today? How often when we seek advice do we go to the Egypt of our day, the world system? When we find ourselves under attack, say financially, where do we go to seek help? Do we go to the Lord? Do we seek wisdom from His Word? There is much to be found on finances in the Holy Scriptures. His ways are not our ways and his promises are true. What about when we are faced with illness or depression? The point is, while there is knowledge in all of those areas that can provide advice, where is truth to be found? Which path will bring the results we seek? Will it be the world’s way, the world’s system, the world’s mind-set or will we seek the wisdom of God? Where should our faith be?