“Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.””Ezekiel 17:22-24 ESV
In a hot, desert climate shade is vital. In this image all the birds enjoy that shade.
Couldn’t we, the church of Jesus (who seems to be that sprig that turns into a noble cedar), be that new tree who provides that shade for all the birds?