Ezekiel 15:1-3 – The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, how is the wood of a vine better than that of a branch on any of the trees of the forest? Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Do they make pegs from it to hang things on?” John 15:1-6 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If anyone remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
Did you ever go to a lumber yard or home improvement store and ask for some “vine wood” for a wood-working or home remodeling project? Try it, if you want to see some surprised and puzzled looks! No one orders "vine wood" for construction projects, because it’s no-good wood! You can’t build furniture or cabinets from "vine wood," and you certainly can’t build a house from "vine wood"! You can’t even use a small piece of "vine wood" for a peg on the wall, because once the wood dries it becomes brittle. There’s no strength to it, and whatever you hang on the peg will fall to the floor. The wood of the grapevine is notoriously useless. It is good for one purpose only, and that is to bear grapes. God designed the grapevine for that sole purpose—to bear fruit!