OUR LORD WHO BRINGS DOWN THE PRIDEFUL
Ezekiel chapter 31 is a prophetic pronouncement that uses trees as metaphors for spiritual kingdoms.
The use of trees to represent spiritual kingdoms in this chapter is the same as when the Lord Jesus used the metaphor of a mustard seed to describe the Kingdom of heaven in Mathew chapter 13 verses 31 and 32 which reads like this;
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
In Ezekiel chapter 13, the Lord, speaking to Pharaoh of the spiritual kingdom of Egypt, tells him of the spiritual kingdom of Assyria which He compared to a cedar tree describing it this way;
I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God.
Here, the Lord informs Pharoah that it was He who made Assyria beautiful so that even the trees planted in the garden of God envied it.
Nevertheless, when the tree of Assyria grew tall and pridefully towered over the nations, the Lord cast it aside and it was ruthlessly cut down.
The Lord then informs Pharoah of the spiritual kingdom of Egypt that in the same way, even though his kingdom exceeds all other kingdoms, he will be brought down from his heights and he will lie among the slain. Ezekiel chapter 31 verse 18 says it this way;
“‘Which of the trees of Eden can be compared with you in splendor and majesty? Yet you, too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.
Bless our Lord whose power and might can bring down the kingdoms of the oppressors even though they are formidable and entrenched.