Plant Of Renown

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.   Ezekiel 34:29
 
Is this verse from the prophet Ezekiel a description of the coming Messiah or a reference to the fertility of the renewed land of Israel? The KJV and NRSV translations treat the verse messianically, while the NASB and NIV render it as a reference to Israel.
 
The context of this verse provides support for the messianic interpretation. The entire thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel describes how God the Father will send a shepherd, His servant David, to feed His flock (see Ezekiel 34:23). As the Plant of Renown, this servant from David’s line will provide God’s people with all the food they need so “they shall be no more consumed with hunger.”
 
This name of God the Son is similar in meaning to His description of Himself as Bread. Jesus is the spiritual sustenance that Christians need to keep their faith healthy and in tune with His will for their lives.