December 5 | Isaiah 10:33-11:10
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Mighty Oaks and Small Stumps - God makes them All
by Elaine Pierce
I have never done a study of trees in the Bible, but I have no doubt you could spend a lot of time looking at how trees are used. A few examples:
-The Tree of Good and Evil is placed in the middle of the Garden of Eden
-Psalm 1:3 says that the godly man will be "like a tree firmly planted by streams of water."
-Psalm 52:8 says "I am like a green olive tree in the house of God."
-Jesus talks about trees in Matthew 7:17-19: "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
And these are just scratching the surface. In today's passage, we see tree imagery very clearly:
"See, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low...A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 10:33, 11:1).