Yechezkel Seventeen: Equality

“And all the trees of the field will recognize that I, the Lord, have lowered the high tree, have raised aloft the low tree; that I have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree blossom. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will accomplish it (Ezekiel 17:24).” To me, this verse seems to be saying that God is the equalizer, with the ability to bring creatures high or low depending on His needs and desires. Parts of that are wonderful – God having the ability to lift up the downtrodden and make them better. But other parts are a little more challenging for me. If someone has grown and is successful, why does God have to bring them low or compromise them in some way? Is it so some kind of status quo can be maintained? But what’s wrong with being exemplary, as long as it isn’t at the expense of another?

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