The Lord of the trees (Ezek 17:24-17:24)

“All the trees

Of the field

Shall know

That I am Yahweh.

I bring low

The high tree.

I make high

The low tree.

I dry up

The green tree.

I make the dry tree

Flourish.

I,

Yahweh,

Have spoken.

I will accomplish it.”

This chapter ends with Yahweh clearly showing that he was in charge of trees. They should know that he made high trees low and low trees high. He dried up green trees and made dry trees flourish. He was Yahweh. He had spoken. It was going to happen.

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Yahweh honors the eunuchs (Isa 56:3-56:5)

“Do not let the foreigners

Joined to Yahweh say,

‘Yahweh will surely separate me

From his people.’

Do not let the eunuch say,

‘I am just a dry tree.’

Thus says Yahweh.

‘To the eunuchs

Who keep my Sabbath,

Who choose the things that please me,

Who hold fast to my covenant,

I will give,

In my house,

Within my walls,

A monument.

I will give a name

Better than sons,

Better than daughters.

I will give them an everlasting name.

They shall not be cut off.’”

For some reason, eunuchs, who had their testicles removed, were looked down upon. However, Yahweh, here in Third Isaiah, seems to honor them if they are faithful to Yahweh. If they keep the Sabbath, do what Yahweh wants done, and keep the covenant, Yahweh will find a monument place for them in his house, within his walls. They would not be able to say that they were like dry trees. In fact, they will have a better name than a son or daughter. They will have an everlasting name that will never be cut off. This is a very strong statement on eunuchs.