Sunday, December 8, 2013

Adorning Our Tree : The Tree

With the last post still fresh in our minds, we remember that Jesus compares our life as trees bearing good fruit or bad.  Most of us would agree that we would want to be bearers of good fruit and not tossed into the fire.  Other parts of scripture give us accounts how we are compared to trees and how they are planted in ideal places for nourishment.  Understand in our display that the tree represents us as people and the base of the tree is firmly seated in the ROCK.  Jesus is our ROCK!  

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As we continue to decorate we will adorn ourselves with only the finest descriptions of what God declares himself to be for us.  As children and heirs of God we can rightfully lay claims to the promises of God.  Like David before us, when caught in the storms of life, declares the truths of God in his psalms to move him into the realm of victory.  Each ornament we place on our tree will represent a truth of God in a tangible way.  That being said, in Psalm 1:1-3 we read,

"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers."
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 Here we read of a contrast and a comparison.  The contrast is being counseled by the wicked or being counseled by God, and if we are counseled by God then we can be compared to a tree planted by streams of water.

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Living here at the camp ground, my thoughts quickly go to the stream that flows through the property.  Among the rocky landscape of the camp you can see many trees growing out of the banks of stone.  The imagery of the tree roots wrapping themselves around and through the rocks is powerful.  Though constantly nourished from waters of the steam {God's law as the word} they are firmly secure in their foundation as flood waters rise.  They are literally imbedded into the ROCK.
"The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the Lord,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still yield fruit in old age;
They shall be full of sap and very green,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."

Psalm 92:12-15
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 Do you want to flourish?  Imbed yourself in the ROCK and drink from His abundant word.

Our Tree, securely imbedded into the ROCK.
~Jeff Warner

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1 comment:

Book-loving children said...

We LOVE it! God is teaching us!

Our family's "Jesse tree" lesson from Dec. 6:
Exodus 13:21-22
Exodus 14:10-23
Exodus 17: 6
I Corinthians 10:1-14