The prophet begins this passage with the warning that Babylon will capture the “highest branch of David” which was, at the time, King Jehoiakem. His son, Zedekiah was made vassal king. Although Zedekiah was offered tremendous authority, he broke his covenant with Babylon and sought help from Egypt. The alliance failed and Zedekiah was taken to Babylon and those remaining dispersed to the nations.
But the warning and chapter ends with the prophesy of Yeshua who would come and restore the land and the people.
Thus says the Lord God: “I will take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell. And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree and exalted the low tree, dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish; I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.”
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS PROMISE TO RESTORE THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.