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The Tree of Life

Some argue today that the Old Testament is to be understood from a symbolic perspective, others argue that it should be studied literally.  When attempting to understand eternal subject matter, it makes sense that a literal perspective is provided for the earth-bound and a symbolic message is also provided for divine understanding.

One such subject is the “tree of life”.  The tree of life is first mentioned in Genesis and last mentioned in Revelation.  In-between, we have the bronze serpent and the cross.

You remember Numbers 21:7-9  “Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”  

Some may wonder how Jesus could be depicted as a serpent?  Remember, He became sin on the cross by bearing our sins.  

Now look at what is said in the New Testament:  “John 3:14-15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”

The key here is in the words “and as…even so must”.  The New Testament confirms that this actual event points to Christ on the cross.  

Jesus is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  He is the Tree of Life in Genesis and the Tree of Life in Revelation.  The King James Version of the Bible refers to the cross as a “tree” in Acts, 1 Peter, Galatians and Revelation.

When you think of this "tree of life symbolism" I just thought about trees and their importance to our life scientifically.  Trees help generate our air to breathe through photosynthesis.  Ever noticed how a tree in the fall without its leaves, from a distance looks like the inside of a human lung - bronchiole I believe.  It helps us breathe.  

Trees may have more symbolism with God than we give them credit for.  What's the first place you think of devoid of trees?  The desert?  Ever heard of anyone wandering in a desert for extended periods of time seeking God?  It's more than a coincidence.  In fact in my book, it's physical evidence of creation and the physical proof of a living, breathing Creator.  His signs are everywhere.  He's still everywhere.  

Just breathe.


Thank you, I wonder how many wonderful messages go undetected because of our short sightedness?

Rick -

I'm sure there are plenty of messages out there that we don't pay attention to.  It's difficult to keep God in the front of our mind 95% of the time when we're awake.  Usually it's just when we pray or when we're in need of something.  I tend to forget that God is everywhere and all-knowing.  

We get focused on ourselves and occasionally make life too difficult on ourselves.  Something as simple as the nature that God created, trees that help us breathe, we often take for granted.  It's a never ending challenge to remember our place in this world and to look around at God's creation and remember He is in control and He loves us.

Another Note - I also understand that you all head an interesting week with no shortage of challenges outside of work.  

I have faith and this is the first time I've written it down, that God is showing you the storm before the calm in these times.  I don't know what it means, but I have faith and a gut feeling that God's plan for you guys has prepared your hearts, minds, and pride for the future blessings He's preparing.  It doesn't mean tomorrow, next week, or even next month.  God has led you to this place, and He will reward your perseverance.  I'm not the only one who has that gut feeling either.

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