Thus the riddle covers the first half of Jeremiah's commission.
notice what is revealed concerning the second part, the planting of David's
It comes in the parable, verses 22-24.
"Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar."
From God's own explanation we have learned that the cedar tree represents the nation of Judah; its highest branch is Judah's king.
The riddle told us Nebuchadnezzar
took the highest branch, the king.
The parable now tells us God, not Nebuchadnezzar, but God, will take of the highest branch.
Not the branch, but of the branch of Zedekiah's children.
But Nebuchadnezzar took, and killed, all his sons.
God, through his prophet Jeremiah,
is now going to take of this highest branch, and "set it" (verse 22).
"I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one,
and will plant it upon a high mountain and eminent," continues the Almighty!
Ah! "A tender young twig!"
The twigs of this highest branch represent the children of King Zedekiah.
a tender young twig, then, represents a daughter! ..... And will plant
Could symbolic language say plainer this young Jewish princess is to become the royal seed for planting again of David's throne?
Where? ..... Upon a high mountain and eminent," says the Eternal!
A "mountain" in symbol always represents a nation.
But which nation?
"In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it," answers the Eternal!
David's throne now is to be planted in Israel,
after being thrown down from Judah! Could language be plainer? .....
And it [the tender young twig, the king's daughter] shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar:"
Did David's throne cease with
Zedekiah of Judah?
Did God forget his covenant?
Compare this language with the passage in Isaiah 37:31-32:
"the remnant that escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward
be planted and bear fruit upward." It was planted in Israel, who removed from Judah.
this Hebrew princess is "planted" on the throne, now in Israel, lost from
view, that throne is to bear fruit.
She is to marry, have children, and her sons are to continue David's dynasty!
under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing;
in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell" (verse 23).
"Lost" Israel, now having acquired the throne and become again a self-ruling nation,
shall, in time, spread around the earth gaining dominance and power.
They shall inherit the unconditional promises of the birthright, according to God's covenant with Abraham!
"And all the trees of the field…" (verse 24).
A "tree" in this riddle and parable is likened to a nation. In other words, "All the nations of the Earth..."
"..... Shall know that I, the
Lord, have brought down the high tree."
Judah, the high tree, having the throne 130 years after the House of Israel had been taken captive, now is brought down to the low stature of slavery.
"…… have exalted the low tree."
For 130 years the House
of Israel had been a "low tree".
Now the House of Israel is exalted, becomes again a nation with a king.
"..... have dried up the green
tree" Judah, "and have made the dry tree to flourish."
The House of Israel, headed by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, who possessed the birthright, now shall flourish, become prosperous in due time.
"I the Lord have spoken and have done it."
Yes, that birthright is in Israel.
Though lost, though supposed to be a Gentile nation,
they are the people who were to grow into the promised multitude, the great nation,
and the company of nations, possessing the gates of their enemy nations, becoming a colonizing people spreading around the world, being blessed with national resources and wealth. And, when they become thus powerful and nationally dominant, remember David's throne will be found transplanted among them!
But where did Jeremiah, with
his royal seed for the transplanting, go to
find the lost House of Israel?
Where are they today?
How was the 'breach" healed, and how did a son of Zarah ascend the throne?
Can we tell?
exact, precise location is revealed in Bible prophecy!
We can pick up Jeremiah's trail besides!
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