Now it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude:
‘Whom are you like in your greatness?
3 Indeed Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon,
With fine branches that shaded the forest,
And of high stature;
And its top was among the thick boughs.
4 The waters made it grow;
Underground waters gave it height,
With their rivers running around the place where it was planted,
And sent out rivulets to all the trees of the field.
5 ‘Therefore its height was exalted above all the trees of the field;
Its boughs were multiplied,
And its branches became long because of the abundance of water,
As it sent them out.
6 All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs;
Under its branches all the beasts of the field brought forth their young;
And in its shadow all great nations made their home.
7 ‘Thus it was beautiful in greatness and in the length of its branches,
Because its roots reached to abundant waters.
8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide it;
The fir trees were not like its boughs,
And the chestnut [fn1] trees were not like its branches;
No tree in the garden of God was like it in beauty.
9 I made it beautiful with a multitude of branches,
So that all the trees of Eden envied it,
That were in the garden of God.’
A message to Egypt of another nation, one great as they, likened to a great cedar and given in a poem. This poetry describes the nation of Assyria as a great cedar, created by God.
“..I made it beautiful with a multitude of branches,…”
He tells of its beauty, the safety of its branches, the comfort of its boughs. But this great cedar, although it was taller than all the rest was brought down.
“…Therefore its height was exalted above all the trees of the field;
Its boughs were multiplied,…”
Pride goes before a fall and the greater they are the greater the fall. For their pride judgment came through Nebuchadnezzar. They ceased to be a great nation, the cedar was brought down. Our take away from this – never forget who created us, gave us life, gave us abilities, placed us where we are. To some he gives much and to some little but whatever we receive be careful to always give God the glory and the credit. Blessed be the name of the Lord.