In the eleventh year, on the first day of the third month, God’s
Message came to me: "Son of man, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt, that
pompous old goat: "’Who do you, astride the world, think you really are? Look! Assyria was a Big Tree, huge as a Lebanon cedar, beautiful limbs offering cool shade, Skyscraper high, piercing the clouds. Ezekiel 31:1-3 (TM)
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? We laugh at the classic question posed by Barbara Walters, but it’s particularly appropriate given today’s passage. God compared Assyria and Egypt to huge trees that grew so tall and proud that they needed to be cut down for firewood (sounds a lot like the Tower of Babel). In Psalm 1, God uses the metaphor of a tree to described the "blessed" person. He says that this righteous person is a "tree, planted by rivers of water, bearing fruit in its’ season".
So am I a tree tall and proud – needing to be pruned and cut down?
Or am I a tree whose roots go deep into the Living Water and bearing godly fruit?